Shana Tinsley's Profile
My love of textiles led me to work with felt. The range of colors and the tactile nature of the material is irresistible to me.
I have always been fascinated with portraiture and the incredibly subtle differences found in each human face. We are all born with two eyes, a nose and mouth, yet like a fingerprint, no two faces are exactly the same. My Women of Color are different shades of ivory, cocoa, chocolate and ebony set against vibrant backgrounds.
As a child visiting museums and studying art history I didn't find enough examples of the diverse range of beauty I saw in real life. Traditional portraiture, like history I felt, had been primarily told from one point of view. I take my inspiration from artists like Paul Gauguin, Kara Walker, Barkley Hendricks, Erte. Their representations of beautiful women in all shades.
- Joined February 16, 2012