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The Wedding, Oil on Canvas, 32x24
Searching the Soul
Solo Exhibition
February 20 - March 15, 2013
Opening Reception
Thursday, February 21, 6:00-10:00pm
Meet Leona @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm

Dacia Gallery is pleased to present "Searching the Soul," a solo exhibition of works by contemporary realist artist, Leona Shanks. Her passion for art is summarized as follows: “I paint because I need to. I study because if I stop learning, I stop growing. I teach to pass the torch and share the information that I believe in.” Her art is seductive, inspirational, meditative, and spiritual. Leona is the wife of artist Nelson Shanks and mother of two children. She is an artist as well as co-founder, teaching fellow and board member of Studio Incamminati. She has a studio in Philadelphia and her work has recently been in the following exhibitions:  World of Art Showcase, Wynn, Las Vegas; The 18th Annual Art Show, Los Angeles, CA; S.R. Brennen Galleries, Palm Desert, CA; and The National Arts Club, NYC.

Leona Shanks

As an artist, I have much to say. My art is a forum for me to express ideas that are in my consciousness. Images will not leave my mind until I explore them on canvas. My platform for communication is with paintbrush and canvas.

As an artist, I want to paint something that matters and is relevant to contemporary issues. I aspire to make a contribution so that when I leave this earth, maybe I have done something meaningful. A fire rages inside of me to create art that has soul and significance.

The greatest honor or ultimate achievement for me as an artist would be to create art that provokes an emotion or inspires thought in someone else. Life moves so fast. Maybe my work will enable someone to see something they might not have otherwise noticed. I will spend my life in search of truth which is found in the soul of everything living and also in death.

As a painter, I want to be fearless. My work is a personal search to understand the world in which we live and to create paintings of relevance to our existence. – Leona Shanks