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A conversation with Artist Chris Shands

We stopped by Chris’s home studio recently and got a peek at the paintings she created for her November 1st opening. What a treat! They are absolutely stunning & we can’t wait to hang them for you to see, but what was most inspiring about the visit was Chris’s passion and energy as she showed us her work. When we asked why she titled this collection “What Remains”, she described how she has slowed down her creative process this past year, an artistic stretch she’s proud of. She forces herself to keep working a piece – that in the past she might have given up on. She studies it, sticks with it, continues layering, scraping & removing to see where it will go with more time. The result is more texture, more depth and more interesting paintings. Chris lit up pointing out the tiny hints of original color that still exist under all the new layers. There’s a story there, each layer was necessary in order to evolve – a little bit like life she says. We love that!

Thank you Chris, welcome back & congratulations on “What Remains”.


“My studio looks out into my garden and as we have added more annuals and perennials this year, the landscape has changed considerably. This change has inspired a lot of my work in 2018. I take back to my studio the blues, greens, pinks and oranges and translate them onto my canvases. I’m also taking more risks with my work. I’m enjoying the freedom of making and removing marks, repeating this process, over and over, allowing a painting’s history to be subtly revealed. I believe this process has brought a more layered and complex voice to this body of work. I’m less concerned with something that is just pretty but is instead, engaging and thought provoking.”


I am drawn to color and texture. I usually begin my paintings by laying down bold and random brush work. It’s at this time that my work is raw and makes me a little uncomfortable. I try not to think too hard about what will happen, but instead, focus on the process of painting. It’s a bit like meditation; letting go and trusting. I have to remind myself not to be afraid of ruining a piece, as I know in time, it can be rescued. A lot of editing takes place; layers are added and then scraped off, revealing a little bit of the paintings history. I was a ceramic artist for 15 years before emerging as an abstract painter two years ago. I had always wanted to paint but found plenty of excuses not to. A health scare and an empty nest was what I needed to pick up a brush and begin. It’s been such a wonderful journey and I’m very grateful for the support of family and friends. I am happily married and the mother of 3 beautiful daughters. Someone once told me: your work makes me feel good. I can’t think of a nicer compliment.

Chris Shands paintings are available for purchase at Palette Home November 2018.

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