Shansi is a wonderful artist living in the Virgin Islands in the Atlantic ocean where it’s spring probably all year round, or nearly all year, a wonderful place to live and work. Her work is historical, astonishing, very very colorful, detailing the people of that part of the world and the sensuous way they live. Looking at her paintings I feel as if I as if I’m reading one of those books that used to fascinate me when I was younger about people in faraway places and their exotic lives. It truly takes me right away from daily upsets, the best function of good art.
From her website:
“Born on the island of St.Thomas, Shansi Miller is celebrated for her ability to capture the vibrancy of the West Indian culture in which she was raised. Her pieces, which are highly sought after by local and mainland collectors, are immediately distinguishable by their careful execution, intricate details, compositional complexity, and rich narratives. Each figurative piece captures the subtleties and exchanges that exist in a transient moment, telling its own unique and culturally vivid story. A subject’s emotions, whether conveyed through a delicate gesture or enigmatic facial expression, is left open to interpretation by the observer. ” I have my own story about each of my works,” says the artist, “but I prefer it when the viewer brings their own perception. That way they create a personal story which is unique only to them.” It is a tribute to Shansi’s power as an artist that her work has such differing and specific effects on viewers.”
Here are some slideshow pictures with her interview narrative:
Her web site www.shansimiller.com
Some paintings by Shansi Miller: