Friday, October 10, 2014

100 DRAWINGS IN 100 DAYS 2014 - Studio de Shan

Whether you’re a collector, an art lover, or an aspiring artist, 100 Drawings in 100 
Days is an art exhibition not to be missed!

Just over half-way and I need to start showing these drawings off!! More will be revealed, but here are just a few of this year's selection:

The Johnny’s (Jack Sparrow; Edward Scissorhands; Hunter S. Thomas; Sweeney Todd; and Barnabas Collins) - pen and ink on bristol paper, each drawing is 210mm x 148mm.
Sunshine Coast-based internationally acclaimed artist de Shan, showcases her impeccable depictions of 100 pop culture and movie icons, fairy tale favourites, and historical figures at Red on Thomas, 4 Thomas Streetin Noosaville, Thursday 27 November, 2014 from 6:00 PM - 7:40 PM. Subjects range from Elsa of the Disney hit movie ‘Frozen’ to Alice and the crew from Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ movie, and from Johnny Depp’s character Jack Sparrow of ‘Pirates of the Carribean’ to Marilyn Monroe.

“This won’t be your average exhibition,” de Shan says of the unusual nature of the show. “I want to steer away from a formal setting for these annual shows as the pieces are eclectic in nature but definite conversation pieces - something to chat about with good friends over cocktails while placing silent auction bids”.

Each of the drawings is matted to a standard 8”x10” (280mm x 356mm) and hung for display on the night for the silent auction. The reserve price on every drawing will start at $100 with bids going up in $5 increments. “A percentage of the sales will be donated to Redkite, a charity supporting children with cancer,” she says, “as it’s important for me to give to a charity in which I believe and respect. My father died of cancer when I was quite young and I would love to help a child live a long and healthy life”.

de Shan, an internationally renowned artist and former gallery owner, has earned her Masters of Fine Art degree from the University of Oklahoma School of Art, and describes herself as a paint-slinging maven with a penchant for capturing personality and sass in her art.
“Of late I have been taking on commissioned pet portraits for my clients. Working from photographs and without needing to meet the pets, I am able to form an accurate idea of and capture their personalities in oils on canvas by way of a handy secret tool that I use which I can only divulge when you commission your own pet portrait,” she says smugly.
All of the drawings are available for viewing and silent bidding online at her 100 Drawings in 100 Days Facebook page:

To place an online bid, email or private message (Facebook) de Shan with the title of the drawing and the amount to which you are prepared to go. That information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. Bidding will start at $100 and go up in increments of $5. Designated spotters will note the bidding and add your bid to the list, being careful not to go to your highest bid unless necessary.


Monday, May 13, 2013


FOUND - large 80cm x 60cm oil and mixed media on wood panel. must have someone out there looking for it, so i'll keep it until it's loving owners contact me…

should you be looking for this beautiful painting, please email me at if no-one claims the painting in the next 2 minutes as theirs, it will be up for adoption to a good home - for the price the new owners are willing to pay! how much do you want to pay?

must go to a good home. this home owner needs to make new art, so this one must go! (although it has been wonderful having this painting, and it will be missed…)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


de Shan is clearing out her studio, and now is your chance to snatch up that long-coveted piece of artwork at a price you set. "make an offer" is a deal where de Shan is putting all her older artwork up for grabs in this amazing chance of a lifetime opportunity. she is embarking on a whole new series of artwork but must clear out the studio, the walls, the closets and the shed! (yes, she has artwork in her closets…)

and today is the first day to 'MAKE AN OFFER' on de Shan's artwork… here's how it works:

1. go to and click the tab "make an offer" to view the paintings

2. find a piece or several that you would love to have

3. click the button "make an offer" and send de Shan an email with the title of the piece and how much you want to pay for it!! easy!

c'mon, don't be shy. it's all gotta go!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Animal lovers lining up for portraits of their 'fur' babies | Sunshine Coast Daily

Animal lovers lining up for portraits of their 'fur' babies | Sunshine Coast Daily

LOOKY LOOKY!!! here's the story about my pet portrait business in the local Sunshine Coast Daily from last Sunday... and it was a whole FANCY FULL PAGE SPREAD BABY!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011


just a little interlude here to pass on a little pertinent information...

STUDIO DE SHAN WEBSITE has been updated with all the images and bid info/prices, so head on over, check it out, and start thinking about how much you want that "little piece of de Shan" to be in your christmas stocking this year!

shine bright art star!

de Shan

Saturday, November 12, 2011

100 Drawings in 100 Days - Catwoman


have you ever noticed that there are not too many superhero women, as they're usually typecast as the villains? well such is the case for my subject today, DC Comic's Catwoman. the very first Catwoman we saw was in 1940 and was played by Selina Kyle, usually as the villain, but sometimes as an ally and/or romantic figure to batman.

beginning in 1954 and until 1966 however, Catwoman took a bit of a hiatus due to the newly developing 'Comics Code Authority' and their issues regarding the portrayal of female characters. she was eventually to return, but as the anti-hero rather than the super villain and was played by several actresses, including the husky-voiced Eartha Kitt, Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry. her primary role began as a high-end jewelry thief and has morphed into a full-blown villain-turned love interest to Batman.

but, as my title suggests, i've always secretly wished that i had a tail, preferably a prehensile tail, but hey, a cat tail would do in a pinch too...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


so, after quite a long string of "good girls" and "bad-ass girls" (aka goddesses), i think it's time to have the ultimate of bad girls... the lovely Ms. Bettie Page. i think she makes the most sweetly seductive, sublime and sinister of devils... you GO GIRL!
Bettie was born in nashville, tennessee in 1923, and was miss january 1955 pinup girl for playboy, making her one of the earliest pinup girls. she was a classic fetish and pinup model with her jet black hair and blue eyes, and is still today one of the fetish culture's idols. 
according to Hugh Hefner, Playboy founder and figure-head, "I think that she was a remarkable lady, an iconic figure in pop culture who influenced sexuality, taste in fashion, and someone who had a tremendous impact on our society."




while we are on the topic of classical mythological goddesses, we can't forget how important Athena was. her roman counterpart, Minerva, possessed very similar attributes and traits as Athena, mainly being the Goddess of War. some of the others were the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, warfare, strength, strategy, female arts, crafts, justice, and skill, to name but a few. and interestingly enough, Athena was the polar opposite of her brother Ares, who was always up for a battle, whereas Athena was more interested in resolving the disputes in a more civilized manner, which is how most of the Goddesses conducted themselves.
the story of her birth is one that is quite obviously a fable, and is fantastical, while at the same time quite intriguing. her father, Zeus, the Supreme God and ruler of Olympus bore Athena from his forehead, and she emerged ready for battle. there are numerous versions of this story, but this is the more common:
'Zeus lay with Metis, the goddess of crafty thought and wisdom, but he immediately feared the consequences. It had been prophesied that Metis would bear children more powerful than the sire, even Zeus himself. In order to forestall these dire consequences, after lying with Metis, Zeus "put her away inside his own belly," he "swallowed her down all of a sudden." He was too late: Metis had already conceived. Eventually Zeus experienced an enormous headache; Ares cleaved Zeus's head with the double-headed Minoan axe, the labrys. Athena leaped from Zeus's head, fully grown and armed, with a shout and pealed to the broad sky her clarion cry of war'.*
and that is the story of Athena, who is also the patron saint of Athens, Greece. what a woman!

* courtesy wikipedia

Friday, October 14, 2011


flipping through my old art history books for the references to Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa for my version of her, i stumbled upon this old favorite, Sandro Boticelli's Birth of Venus. it made me feel very nostalgic *sniff*...

now, the short story behind this lovely goddess Venus, is that she emerged from the sea a fully grown woman, and arrived at the sea shore to be met by her 3 lovely hand maidens with robes for her to wear. end of story. beautiful.

however it goes much deeper than that. the philosopher plato thought that the goddess Venus had two aspects to her nature: one of having the ability to arouse mortals to physical love, and the other to invoke feelings of intellectual love by way of her beauty leading them to think of the divine creator. i think i would have loved being around during the renaissance era just to be able to be a part of all this fantastic theoretical banter... but according to classical mythology, Venus was the roman goddess of fertility, love and beauty, while she was named Aphrodite in greek lore. but for all intents and purposes they were each others' counterparts from different countries.

while i was in college in the US, it was part of my duty as a student to complete several hours of humanities classes, and classical mythology fell into that category. i was thrilled because it seemed very interesting to me, and my professor looked like tweedle dee or dum from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which hopefully meant it was going to be a good summer. so professor dee-dum had us reading all manner of books, one of which was "Classical Mythology", fourth edition by Mark P.O. Morford and Robert J. Lenardon, in which they state that Venus and the god of war, Mars, while lovers, bore a child by the name of Cupid. And according to that story, Cupid goes on to be the most beautiful creature who, during a promise to a "client", accidentally pricks himself with his own arrow and falls in love with a mortal girl, Psyche. and that's a whole other story, but nonetheless a very good read.

during the renaissance, there was a resurgence of classical mythology that ran alongside the christian iconography, but that were both very politically driven. so, depending on who the patron was, the figures of the characters may take on the likeness or characteristics of the emperor, or the head of state, or the wealthy banker, etc. according to art historians, Boticelli's painting of "The Birth of Venus" celebrates in a flattering light, Lorenzo de Medici, and Venus is rumored to have been Simonetta Cattaneo Vespucci, a woman with whom both Lorenzo and his younger brother Guiliano were enamored. and as you can imagine, this caused a little trouble... trust those artists to stir up mischief!

so, how do you feel since reading this blog?