Shastina Rose Ann-Wallace was born on Mt. Shasta in Northern California and grew up in a gypsy sort of way spanning up and down the West coast with a 5 year stint of elementary school in Amherst, MA. She ended up in Vermont in 2013 by serendipity and instantly fell in love with the land. Everywhere she has ever lived, she has found a nearby hill, stream, forest, or ocean to help her feel at home.
Shastina received an AA in Fine Arts from College of Marin in 2012, an AA in Early Childhood Education in 2015, and a BFA in Studio Arts from Northern Vermont University in 2018.
ARTIST STATEMENT: The main inspiration for my art comes from witnessing the beauty of nature, and feeling my body as a part of nature experiencing itself. I live in awe of the everyday natural processes occurring around me all the time. Clouds, rivers, trees, the dance of light on a landscape throughout the day, and seasonal transitions are just a few of the earthly wonders that captivate me. In this state of wonder I am filled with an urge to capture and recreate what I am seeing and feeling.
Shastina was an artist in residence at New City Galerie located on Church St. in downtown Burlington from January 2014-June 2014:
During my residency at New City Galerie I will be working on a painting series, “Voyage Through the Human Lens”. This series will take the viewer on a journey from the tiniest visions of our earthly existence, seen only through a microscope, outward to what is seen with the naked eye, and even further yet, to the cosmos as seen through a telescope. My intention with this work is to deepen the connection with the nature that we are. I believe that the more we feel intimately connected to something the more we are driven to cherish and preserve that thing. In a time of technological disconnect from our natural origins and frightening environmental upheaval, it is my hope that my art will inspire a greater appreciation for the living system we are a part of.