DEIRDRE SCHANEN Abstract Artist Deirdre Schanen grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan in the small town of Port Washington, Wisconsin. This early Midwestern influence informs most of her paintings. They reflect the tension between the lake's serene vastness and the complex confusion of rocks and detritus washed up upon its shores. Ms. Schanen moved to New Jersey in 1979 and lived there for 23 years. She received her Masters of Art during this period, as well as studying with Ronnie Landfield at the Art Student's League of New York. Deirdre and her husband are currently living in a Chicago suburb. Ms. Schanen does not plan her paintings in advance making the end product always a surprise. She approaches the broad plains of the empty canvas with the excitement and apprehension of the unknown. Everything develops as she works. Often a piece is begun with a single pencil or ink marking that mark dictates the next mark, and that the next. Layers of paint or glaze are added until the process is finally finished. EXHIBITS 2007 • Galeria National, San Jose, Costa Rica 2006 • Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY, National Juried • SXU Gallery, Chicago, IL, Solo Exhibition • Art at City Hall, Aurora , IL • CG Gallery, Princeton, NJ • Gallery 28, Geneva, IL • Inspire Fine Art Gallery, Chicago, IL • David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WI 2005 • Norton Cultural Arts Center, St. Charles, IL • CAAA Gallery, CaaaGallery.com • Gallery 110 North, Plymouth, WI, Solo Exhibition • High Risk Gallery, Chicago, IL • Inspire Fine Art Gallery, Chicago, IL • Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau, WI, Three Artist Show • David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WI • Jane Meyer Fine Arts, Geneva, IL, Two Artist Show 2004 • David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WI • Spring Street Gallery, Galena, IL • Jane Meyer Fine Arts, Geneva, IL • Chicago Art Open, Chicago, IL • Orleans Street Gallery, St. Charles, IL, Three Artist Show 2002 • City Without Walls, Newark, NJ • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, NJ 2000 • Ben Shahn Gallery, Wayne, NJ • Power Art Center, Wayne, NJ, Solo Exhibition EDUCATION • Art Students League of New York • Masters of Art, William Paterson University AWARDS • Julia & David White Artists’ Colony Grant • Vermont Studio Center Grant WEBSITE • www.deirdreschanen.com Deirdre Schanen Artist Statement My paintings reflect my childhood on the shores of Lake Michigan. They explore the tension of the lake’s serene vastness with the complex confusion of the rocks and detritus washed up upon its shores. My art reflects my world filtered through my heart. I do not plan my art but, rather, develop it as I work. Something in me knows where I’m going. Painting for me is a state of being. I paint what I am. I begin with pencil or ink markings and paint drips. I continue to add layer after layer of glaze, paint and markings. The underpainting is as important to me as the final layer of paint. I perform a dance with my canvas through these spontaneous interactions. I never know where it will lead me or when my dance will be finished.