My most recent work draws more inspiration from color and texture than distinct subject matters, and my objective remains to imbue my canvasses with a sense of emotion. Through the intricate texture and vibrant color in my pieces, I aim to create a visceral response in the viewer; my hope is that the viewer may connect with them emotionally rather than through conscious, deliberate effort. In this way, viewers create their own interpretations through this initial connection, and the narrative of the piece becomes secondary.
I was born and raised in Southeastern Michigan. A few years after earning my BFA with Honors from Eastern Michigan University, I began a mural and decorative painting company which allows me to create beautiful spaces for others to enjoy. I continue to work as an artist, teacher, and muralist.
Shadia Derbyshire joined Fine Art America on October 6th, 2007.