Stephanie Shank is an abstract expressionist painter who exhibits with galleries throughout the U.S.A. Exposed to the world of painting while a young girl, Shank watched in fascination as her mother, an accomplished painter who studied with Max Beckman and Philip Guston, expressively applied vivid hues and bold brushstrokes to canvas. Observing those sessions ignited her passion to create a world of paintings.
Born in St. Louis, MO, Shank studied painting at Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri and University of Missouri in Kansas City where she received her B.F.A. in 1976. The following decade, she applied her creative talents practically through commercial art and visual design for department stores. Those years were punctuated with independent studies with influential mentors and workshops. Shank relocated to the desert Southwest in the late 80’s where the stunningly clear light of the Arizona environs illuminated and informed the brilliant hues of her expressionistic paintings.
Working in mixed media, predominately acrylic, oil sticks, and charcoal, her artistic vision expresses the vibrant rhythms of the inner narrative. Her paintings have been featured in many solo and group exhibitions throughout the country and are included in many noted private and corporate collections. Her work can be seen at Blue Print Gallery in Dallas, TX; Bryant Street Gallery in Palo Alto, CA; Butters Gallery in Portland, OR; Costello Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ; Globe Fine Art in Santa Fe, NM; and SmithKlein Gallery in Boulder, CO.