The following paintings are drawn from the deep winter-forged well of Shawna Gilmore's overactive imagination. Her eclectic folk-style brings together her love for vintage photography, nature, mysticism, metaphors, fairytales, science, and humor. Steal away to the dream-scapes and mystical forests. These lovely forms of escapism make us reach for a telescope, a sword, and a bouquet of flowers.
"I enjoy playfulness and not taking myself or my work too seriously when I paint."
In addition to her depictions of nature, Gilmore loves to paint on wooden panels. Each panel is connected through the originality of the trees - "I mean it had roots, drank water, and weathered storms! I can appreciate that."
Originally from the Twin Cities area, Gilmore resides in Duluth, MN with her husband, their twins, and a whole host of critters.
And by the way, Gilmore definitely believes in aliens.
In each of her paintings, Gilmore creates characters and settings for us to make stories with. Gilmore loves the work of Edward Gorey, Henry Darger, Kiki Smith, and many more.
For all of those technically curious, Gilmore utilizes acrylic paint on wooden panels, "acrylics are so perfect for my impatient personality." With a gracious approach, Gilmore reminds us to be patient in our work, "I need a lot of editing in my life and acrylics are just the ticket for quickly fixing errors or completely redoing the whole painting."
Luck does not come without hard work. Gilmore is grateful for the process of painting. Each work helps her to understand her life and makes her laugh - both of which feel like accomplishments enough.
GIlmore's dedication shows through her strict studio hours while her 11 year old twins are at school. While researching, shipping, and stocking her paintings, Gilmore listens to numerous true crime podcasts, "I solve a lot of crimes while I paint. If I'm not listening to true crime podcasts, I'm watching crime dramas or science-fiction shows."
"My favorite place to go in my daydreams is space. I dream of climbing a ladder up to a hammock in the stars with a fuzzy critter or two as I soak up the solitude and take in the vastness and awesomeness of the universe."