Shana Wilson, "Eha," oil on canvas, 48 x 48 in.
Shana Wilson, "Eha," oil on canvas, 48 x 48 in.

Meet this week’s top Realism Today Ambassador, Shana Wilson:

A working figurative artist for over 20 years, Shana was selected in 2020 by TIME Magazine, after a global search, and bestowed the incredible honour of painting Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Jackie Kennedy for two TIME covers. She has since done two NFT projects with TIME. In addition to work for other publications, Shana was signed by MTArt Agency in London/Paris/Monaco, and is represented by Peter Robertson Gallery in Canada.

Shana Wilson, "Buffy Sainte Marie," oil on canvas, 60 x 48 in.
Shana Wilson, “Buffy Sainte Marie,” oil on canvas, 60 x 48 in.

Among other genres, Shana’s legacy project is portraits of inspirational women from all walks of life, inclusive of all cultures and orientations. The subjects have one thing in common: the ability to inspire and create social change. She pays tribute to them on canvas, painting a long overdue celebration of trail blazing women. In 2019 Shana launched the “For Women Who Roar” portrait exhibition of 15 five foot tall portraits of game-changing women. Her collection now numbers 30.

Shana Wilson, "Jane Goodall," charcoal and oil on canvas, 60 x 42 in.
Shana Wilson, “Jane Goodall,” charcoal and oil on canvas, 60 x 42 in.

“Visit any major gallery or museum in the world and it is rife with oppressive paintings of women,” Shana says. “Contrast this with the paintings of clothed men in states of strength and power. These are the images school children see on their field trips. We must flip this artistic marginalization on its head. The art world must work quickly and diligently to change the balance of how women are portrayed on canvas and the number of female artists BEHIND the canvas, wielding the brush.”

Shana EMPOWERS women on canvas. Loudly.
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