Beyond The Illness By Shana Levenson
Shana Levenson, who she was as a child has shaped who she is as an artist today. Every painting and every idea encompasses nostalgia. All of her inspiration comes from those real world experiences and personal stories.
“Non-traditional portraits painted in traditional ways are my greatest passion. I paint people in my life that I’m trying to make a connection with, telling a story that’s personal and individual to each piece,” she said.
Each piece seeks to go beyond realism and capture the essence of the subject. With each painting, her goal is to create as much honesty about that individual, allowing to capture the spirit of the person she’s painting.
“I completed my master’s from the Academy of Art University in May 2015 and am currently teaching adult in my studio as well as workshops all over the world.”
AIDS has been a huge factor in my life and the impact it had upon our family is beyond the disease. I want to focus beyond the illness and I’m starting a project called Beyond the Illness to tell stories of these survivors through something that lasts forever, art.
My Uncle Alan died of AIDS in 1992. The impact it had on me was significant. Through the AIDS community, I met an amazing young woman who shared her story through public speaking. I was there in the hospice when she passed. I was 12. Alan and Sherry’s stories will also be told.
This series ongoing series, Beyond the Illness, tells the stories not only of the survival of those living with HIV/AIDS, but
also the stories of those that have lost a loved one due to the disease. These stories are personal to my life and my past.
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