Featured artist: Shana Rowe Jackson

An Autumn Day, acrylic on Ampersand Primed Canvas Texture


Shana Rowe Jackson was very young when she knew she wanted to be an artist. She started teaching herself how to paint at the age of eight and by ten, she was calling herself an artist. Shana has always enjoyed experimenting with many different styles and media and is continually looking for new ways to grow and learn.

"Follow your heart. It’s so simple and we’ve all heard it so many times, yet I think it is still the best advice out there. The art journey is not an easy one, and you have to have the heart for it to have any kind of success."

Shana’s primary focus is realism, mostly natural subjects with the occasional portrait in a natural setting but she also enjoys exploring surrealism. She states, "I would like to think that my art shows my general outlook on life, an extension of who I am and a reflection of how I view the world around me. Because of this, I like to think that my work has a happy, nostalgic feel to it, sentimental like me.

As She Passes You By, colored pencil and pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord

She states that over time she has slowed down quite a bit in the process of creating her artwork. She once would do a painting in one sitting, enjoying the spontaneous results. Now, she has become more detail oriented and gives herself more time to process and really "see" the piece as it is being created. To achieve the look she wants, Shana uses a variety of media: acrylic, colored pencil, watercolor, and pastel. Shana loves trying new art supplies. In her quest to always try something new, in 2012, she discovered the Ampersand Primed Canvas Texture in an art store.

All American, acrylic on Ampersand Primed Canvas Texture

The fact that the panels were sturdy was appealing to her and she found that her acrylics were brighter and more vibrant on this surface. She has continued to experiment and try the entire collection of Ampersand panels. Her favorite panel to use with acrylic and oil is the Primed Canvas Texture because the colors come out so vibrant, and layering is a breeze. She also uses Pastelbord for pastel and colored pencil and the Aquabord for watercolors. She loves the fact that she can create a watercolor and present it out from under glass like paintings in other media.

The Hideaway, oil on Ampersand Primed Canvas Texture

When creating on a deep cradled surface, she will wrap the image, painting the sides to extend the image around the edges onto the cradle and then presents the piece without a frame. When she works on a shallow cradled panel, she frames them. We suggest Ampersand Floaterframes, perfect for a clean presentation.

Artist Bio:

Born and raised in Maine, Shana has been creating art since she was a young child. She enjoys working with a variety of mediums, including colored pencil, acrylic, and oil. Realism with a bit of whimsy and nostalgia. She aims to create work that stirs emotion and happy memories for the viewer. To see more of Shana's work, visit her website, Facebook, or YouTube.


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