Shannon Slattery

Acrylic Paintings on Masonite Panels
Art In & Out at the Villa

22 Burnham Rd
Newton MA 02465

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I have spent the past several years painting the landscape near where I spend my summers in Maine. The area is famous for its craggy and rugged terrain, uneven ground with granite ledge poking through the moss, and dramatic coastline. Throughout the year I have spent time in the woods, or on the beach, walking in among the trees or on the sand. I always come away feeling calmer and more centered. I also feel renewed in my desire to conserve and protect the environment, how we so often take for granted that it will all be there for us forever. Many of the trees cling to the surface, especially the white pines, which grow so straight and carpet the ground with their needles. I see them as struggling to hold on, and they represent to me the connection to the earth and nature that is essential.

Protecting the natural world is something that I think about everyday. My paintings reflect my joy and attachment to the natural world, but there is also always the undercurrent of anxiety about what is going to happen to the places I love so much.

As a painter I am guided by process, I apply paint by any and all means and will just as often wipe, sand or scrape the board as paint with a brush. At the intersection of drawing and painting, color, line and texture are the means to describe what I see and how I connect to my environment.

The inspiration for these paintings is the woods, landscape and coast around mid-coast Maine. It is also the efforts to preserve and protect these places that are special to me and many others, including the wildlife that live there. The driving force behind my creative endeavors is to support the preservation of these environments. It is in that light that I donate a significant portion of the profits from the sale of my work to organizations whose mission is land conservation. Current recipients include Maine and Mass Audubon, and the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.
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