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Arena Shawn was a science major and obtained a Ph.D. in Physics in 2008 from Purdue University. However, alongside science she has always had a passion for art. After coming to United States for graduate school, Arena took the opportunity to attend many art classes provided by the university, and attended painting workshops around the country with nationally-renowned instructors. Eventually, her calling to art has led her to leave her technical job as an Application Scientist in a scientific instrument company in Silicon Valley. She is currently studying classical drawing and painting methods following the 19th-century French academic lineage in the Golden Gate Atelier in San Francisco.

In her pursuit of art, Arena tries to use brush and paints to reflect the quiet lights, subtle colors and playful shapes exhibited by seemingly mundane, everyday objects. Striving for the emotional quality of every piece she has created, Arena hopes that her work would be able to reach out and connect with their viewers, evoking the sense of wonder and awe of our everyday life that are so often taken as granted. Her primary working methods involves direct application of wet watercolor to saturated paper surface to create the fluid appearance and organic patterns that borderlines representational and abstract nature, with special attentions paid to create strong value patterns and varied edge quality.

Arena is a signature member of Illinois Watercolor Society (IWS), Red River Watercolor Society (RRWS) and San Diego Watercolor Society (SDWS). More of her work can be viewed and purchased at her website, where you can find the latest information about all the exhibitions she is participating in, or commission a painting from Arena. She also discusses her new works and painting process in her Blog, herFacebook page, or her Instagram page. If you are in the San Francisco Bay area, you can also visit the Main Gallery in Redwood City to see some of her latest work.

Every painting shown here is created with archival art material that will last the ages. If you are interested in viewing more of her work or inquiring about a purchase, please feel free to email her at arena.shawn@gmail.com.

(If you see a painting here that you like but has already been sold, please feel free to visit my Etsy shop. I have made some of my sold paintings available as modestly priced giclee prints prints matted to fit standard sized photo frames there. You can also purchase my 2013 calendars and note cards there, or from my blog.)