Similar to a preface of a literary work, an artist statement provides context, a descriptive basis for works and further explanation on the intentions of the artist. The following is Shen’s Artist Statement.
All the colors of a rainbow exist between black and white. I choose to live my life in the colors of the rainbow today and create my paintings utilizing all of my experiences to this point and most importantly, with the help and inspiration of God. I often use familiar images such as portraits or iconic images as my jumping off point. Then, a process ensues that gives me the opportunity to ascend into a journey of the unknown, only trusting God to bring the unimaginable results.
Every single painting as well as stroke within the painting provides me with the unique opportunity to take chances, make mistakes and ultimately each step becomes a vehicle of self discovery. As my voice becomes more clear and distinct in my life, I find that my voice as an artist becomes more clear and distinct as well.
There was a time when I wanted nothing more than to be a photo realistic painter… then I realized that I could do that. I could be an excellent photo realist painter, but that was not meant to be my ultimate goal. I wanted to venture into territories yet unseen, not that I am doing anything that hasn’t been done before, but I strive to recreate what has been earlier realized in new and exciting ways. I enjoy experimenting with media combinations that I have never tried before. I love the process of discovery, which to me, in this life, is a never ending journey…. and, untimely is this life!