Pegeen Shean

Pegeen Shean

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I paint stories and for the substance of my narratives, I draw on my life experience as well as from those around me. I love intertwining tension with dramatic devices such as satire, paradox, irony, and suspense. The basic ingredients for the making of a great novel, play or movie also make for an excellent painting. I am not a realist, so it is not important to me to have my paintings look like a photograph, the essence of a person is good enough; what is important to me, is the story.

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Pegeen's Story
I was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey--sort of. Although my parents grew up in NYC, my father was adamant about raising his children in a house with a yard and a pool. My mother went along with the fantasy, but for her the reality was a different story. A loquacious New Yorker who didn’t drive, she was stuck in the middle of nowhere with two children under the age of five. She quickly hated the suburbs and came up with a compromise.

Every other morning she packed up my sister and me, and we joined the ranks of commuters climbing aboard the bus for a forty-five minute ride to the city and our busy day of socializing with family and friends. My father had the illusion his family was enjoying a country life, and my mother was happier when my father came home. It worked beautifully, until my father noticed the expense and insisted it stop.

But my mother was as stubborn as she was clever and set into motion a new creative plan that I marvel at to this day. She would scan the New York Post’s obituaries each morning, pick a deceased person and fabricate a fictitious friendship. Paying her final respects to a friend was a duty--not an option. As a good Irish Catholic woman, she had to help the family through this difficult time. There were times people she knew were dropping dead like crazy!

My family ignited the creative spark in me. My mother and her family laid the foundation for the appreciation of a good story. Every week, relatives and other colorful characters gathered at my grandparents’ apartment, laughing, singing and story telling. My father’s two sisters were both painters and showered me with art books and color by number painting sets as birthday and Christmas gifts.

In addition, my parents built a playroom in the garage and filled it with toys and art supplies. Although I shared it with my sister Nancy and, then three more siblings, I considered this my art studio, my sanctuary. When we were not in the city, I would spend hours creating: making drawings and paintings, once making a very convincing removable papier-mâché cast for a pretend broken arm, followed by a disastrous Plaster of Paris leg cast that began cutting off the circulation. No, Dad was not enthusiastic about art that day! Expletives were flying as he tried getting that cast off my leg.

At first, my family did not understand my decision to attend Kean University in Union, New Jersey for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts, but it made perfect sense. Theatre married art and drama within a strong social structure that I found very fulfilling. I worked for 15 years as a lighting designer, stagehand and occasionally, an actor. However, if you are not willing to live an itinerant life-style, you are limiting your options and success. Eventually, I chose to settle down in a city. Seattle was my choice and where I began exploring the fine arts again.

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Pegeen Shean is now following Franz Hergl

Franz Hergl - geboren 1927 - gestorben 2009

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Franz Hergl - born 1927 - died 2009

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Pegeen Shean is now following Wolfgang Wende

Herzlich willkommen in meiner Galerie!

‘Keine Kunst ohne Trunkenheit. Dann aber: göttliche Trunkenheit! Die Vernunft möge verschwinden! Rausch! Das höchste Stadium des Rausches! In den brennendsten Wahnsinn getaucht! Viel weiter als je der Alkohol führt! Die Kunst ist die leidenschaftlichste Orgie des Menschen. Kann man Menschen begegnen, die von Kunst ganz nüchtern sprechen und einfach sagen: ‘Ich werde mir gleich ein Bild anschauen‘, ohne mit den Zähnen zu klappern? - als ob es sich nicht um die tiefste und totalste Ausschweifung handle, eine Art Sabbat, wohin man sich wahrscheinlich nicht begibt, ohne daß das Herz beklommen schlägt, wenn man anderen anvertraut: ‘Ich gehe gleich zu einem Zauberer und lasse mich in eine Maus verwandeln.‘
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Casiegraphics is an Illustrator living in Berlin

Pegeen Shean is now following Magdalena Schotten

Willkommen auf meinem Künstlerprofil "MagdalenaKunst - Kunst fürs Herz". Es freut mich, dass Sie meine Seite betrachten und ich sage ganz herzlich "Dankeschön" für Ihr Interesse an meiner Malerei. Meine Website ist:
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Welcome to my artist profile "Magdalene Art - Art for the Heart". I am glad that you have a look at my page and I say sincerely "Thank you" for your interest in my paintings. My Website is:
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Pegeen Shean is now following Franz Hergl

Franz Hergl - geboren 1927 - gestorben 2009

Nach über 2 Jahren Arbeit endlich fertig: der künstlerische Nachlass von Franz Hergl.
Sein komplettes Lebenswerk exklusiv bei Artflakes.

Franz Hergl - born 1927 - died 2009

After more than two years of work done at last: the artistic estate of Franz Hergl.
His entire life's work exclusively by Artflakes.

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Pegeen Shean is now following Karien Deroo

I am a contemporary figurative painter based in Belgium.
After several years of working in the field of graphic design and illustration, I've quit my day job to pursue my childhood passion for painting.

During the winter of 2007, I've started to paint, in an autodidactic way, inspired by the classical tradition of the old masters, but working on a distinctive figurative style who has a strongly contemporary and timeless perspective.

The first three years in this beginning period, I didn't often left my studio, and I took my time to refine and enrich my technique, working in silence to create a collection of paintings and to build up my new career as an self-taught artist.

The year after that, I had my first exhibition in a gallery in Bruges, Belgium, with the title: "Hanging out in history", because that's what I did, and still do, examine the old masters and find pleasure in discovering these techniques myself.

Further exhibitions, commissions and selections has followed and my work has find it's way to private collections of art buyers and collectors.

My technique is mainly oil on linen canvas and my quest is to seek out the human soul.
I am interested in a person's internal struggles, the hidden emotions and the lies on our faces because of hiding our worries and secrets that we have buried deep inside.
With my work, since I usually paint portraits with a very silently expression on their faces and in their attitudes, I want to encourage the viewer to break down the masks, to leave the surface behind and to reach the soul, that pool of inner beauty, because our souls don't lie...
I think if we follow our soul that we can take off our masks, because it's only in our souls that we are pure, and where we can find a way to leave that anxiety behind that follows us on it's dark footsteps.
I want people to have a connection with their own soul, through my paintings.

"Some works show fragments of people; sometimes there are several characters in a painting, and sometimes it's just a body part like an arm. The gaze of the characters lingers most with the viewer, never seeming to express explicit emotion such as joy or anger. Their gaze is often rather melancholic and mysterious. The context in which these people find themselves is not evident in the painting, but it certainly exist. You can see that something moves those characters but what, exactly, is never clearly visible; not unlike the situation when we encounter strangers on the street. Their faces betray a history but what kind of history? We can only speculate. Karien Deroo paints characters with different layers, not only in the literal sense of layers of paint on paint, but also in the complexity of their feelings. It makes me think of Rembrandt."

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Pegeen Shean is now following Brandon Friend

Brandon Friend was born in Flushing, NY on April 20, 1980. He attended The University of Maryland College Park in 1998 where he studied in the Honors Art Program and received a BA degree in Fine Art. In 2002, Friend began his professional career with two solo exhibitions in Washington, D.C and Baltimore, MD. In 2008, he received his MFA degree in Fine Art from CUNY Queens College and currently works in his Long Island City studio. Friend’s works have been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States, including Seattle, WA; Kansas City, MO; New Orleans, LA; Austin, TX; Short Hills, NJ; New York, New York. In 2011 and 2012 his works were showcased with Lambert Arts in Fountain Art Fair, NY and Fountain Art Fair, Miami. He has been featured in several print and online publications such as The Washington Post, The Knight News, Working Class Magazine, The Daily Record, The Pitch Kansas City, Radar,,,,, and

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Pegeen Shean is now following Rebecca Sherman

Rebecca Sherman is a photographic artist with interests in emotional and mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and how the creative and literary arts affect and heal us all. She is inspired by nature, poetry, and music, and driven by sensuality and spirituality. She lives in Calvert County, Maryland by the Chesapeake Bay.
© 2011- 2012 Rebecca A. Sherman. All rights reserved.

Rebecca Sherman ist ein Fotokünstler mit Interessen in emotionale und mentale Gesundheit, intellektuelle und Entwicklungsstörungen, und wie die kreative und literarischen Künste beeinflussen und heilen uns alle. Rebecca ist von der Natur, Poesie und Musik inspiriert und getrieben von Sinnlichkeit und Spiritualität. Sie lebt in Calvert County, Maryland durch die Chesapeake Bay.
© 2011- 2012 Rebecca A. Sherman. Alle Rechte vorbehalten.

Pegeen Shean is now following Sandra Gale

I have been interested in and creating art since early childhood, and have gone on to win many drawing contests and "most artistic" recognition in school. Later, I received a BA in Fine Art from Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ and then went on to teach myself graphic designs using computer art programs such as Illustrator, PS, and Gimp2. This ability led to my employment as a Graphic artist for one of the largest pet book publishers in the world. TFH or Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine was the place where I learned a great deal about the publishing industry and printing in general.
Now I create traditional art by commission and work on individual Freelance projects. My primary interests are fantasy art, dark art and anything with presence, drama, contrast, mystery and beauty

Pegeen Shean is now following Bryony Marie Fry

Bryony Marie Fry is an Artist and a Musician born in 1988 in the U.K. She mainly produces unique multi-media pop art depicting images of Musicians. She also cover's many other subjects including nature, vintage fashion and digital artworks. She is currently working side by side with The Princes Trust Foundation to enable her business to get off the ground. She will donate a percentage of all profits to The Amy Winehouse Foundation and The Strummerville Foundation For New Music.

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Pegeen Shean is now following Maria Inhoven

Meine große Leidenschaft ist die Natur. In meinen Bildern versuche ich, mit fröhlichen Farben,ihre Schönheit einzufangen.
Der Schwerpunkt meiner Arbeiten liegt im Aquarell, dabei
interessieren mich nicht nur Pflanzen und Tiere, sondern ganz alltägliche Dinge wie der Sonnenschein, Licht und Schatten oder das Glitzen eines Regentropfen.
Seit ich zu malen angefangen habe sehe ich die Welt mit anderen Augen!
Meine Bilder finden Sie auch unter: ,auch Kalender 2012