Artist, Peace Waters Gallery
Shina Shanti paints with beeswax and fire, the ancient art form called encaustic. Her impressionistic paintings of sea and sky are inspired by the natural elements.
She patiently applies as many as 30 layers of molten wax, pigment, and resin onto wood; each layer is fused with heat. Combining bold and rough-yet-refined texture with satin-smooth finishes that appear both translucent and opaque creates a depth of luminosity that draws the viewer into her art. Shanti’s conventional upbringing in rural Montana forever connected her with the natural environment, giving her an innate sense of color and composition. She is both humbled and inspired by the patrons who have acquired her paintings as well as the many galleries across the country who carry her work.