Shauna Meiri is a contemporary artist recently relocated from the Pacific Northwest to the Gulf Coast of Alabama. Her creative journey began in 2002 when she discovered intuitive art as a tool to help in healing from PTSD and depression. For the past four years she has been working full-time as a self-taught artist, as well as teaching classes that integrate "how-to" training with her belief in the healing potential of creative expression. While she continues to study and develop her technical skills, intuition, healing and spiritual connection remain at the center of her artistic focus.
She has participated in multiple invitational group and solo shows in the Portland metro and Southwest Washington area.
Outside the studio, she can often be found searching the sky for birds, hanging out with the trees or near the ocean, watching stock car racing, and occasionally doing research in hopes of finding the perfect margarita.
about my artwork
My work is inspired by themes connected to the beauty and strength of the feminine, rooted in the cycles and rhythms found in the natural world as well as the power of healing through emotional expression.
In my studio, art is about more than just paint and canvas (although who doesn’t love art supplies!) Making art is my mission of remembrance and healing made visible. I trust that beauty is vital to our soul’s well-being and that art can become an outward expression of the inward reality that love is the foundation of all we see. art. love. hope. is not just my website tagline, it is the foundational stability for my creative life.
Since the beginning of my journey as an artist, I have been a deconstructionist. I trust in the power of chaos, how it can take us down to the bones and into the heart of what matters. This creative disorder offers an invitation to engage with mystery, creating possibilities for the unexpected to emerge, perhaps even a portal where we might cross the veil between worlds. When necessary, it can be used in titrated amounts to set things straight. I experience it as a very generous, if unapologetic, process.
Initial intuitive marks and first gestural impulses open up the energetic flow of a painting. As the work continues, I circle between destruction and new creation, adding intense lights and deep darks, working with both lively colors and neutral palettes, looking to cultivate a dance between simplicity and complexity. This use of layering and contrast is reflective of my faith in the power of inclusivity, depth, and expansiveness to tap into healing and wholeness.
I hope you will take a minute to look around. I am very glad you are here.