Deirdre Schanen

Born in Port Washington, WI

Deirdre Schanen grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan in the small town of Port Washington, Wisconsin. This early midwestern influence informs most of her paintings.They reflect the tension between the serene vastness of the lake and the complex confusion of rocks and detritus washed up upon its shores.

Ms. Schanen moved to New Jersey in 1979 and lived there for 23 years. She received her Masters of Art during this period, as well as studying with Ronnie Landfield at the Art Student League of New York. Deirdre and her husband are currently living in a Chicago suburb.

Ms. Schanen does not plan her paintings in advance making the end product always a surprise. She approaches the broad plains of the empty canvas with the excitement and apprehension of the unknown. Everything develops as she works. Often a piece is begun with a single pencil or ink marking. That mark dictates the next mark, and that the next . Layers of paint or glaze are added until the process is finally finished.

This artist may be interested in creating commissioned artwork, contact us for more information. You can also visit her website at deirdreschanen.com.

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Above The Real

Caprice
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By Itself

Chattering Daylight

Emerald Day
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Arranging

Betrayals

Just Once

Disappearance

Drifting Sound Triptych

To Nowhere

Talk A Little

Wilting Away

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Flesh Too

About This Emptiness

Dreaming
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Without a Word

When I Was a Child

What Else Can I Say

Towards Nothing

Thoughts

Thrills

Permissions

Obedience

Most True

No Trace

The Words Never Spoken

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Images of Our Joy

A Light Circle of Time

A Mere Margin of Repose

A Mind Made Up

Softer Now

Gratitude

The Air is Full

Already
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Only for a Moment
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Nothing Ever Happens

Distant Whispers

Nevertheless

No One Remembers

Acceptable Evidence
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The Year Something Happened
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Meanderings

Your Sense

Your Return

But That Too

What Follows Me

And Never Know
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Certain Readings
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Stirring About in the Embers of Time

Waiting to Catch Up

Do Not Let Me Forget Them

Leaning Out to Whisper

What Was It That I Wanted?

Just Out of Reach

Awaiting Music

Expect Nothing Else

But Nothing Happens

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The Summer Lapsed Away

The Study of Absences

That Afternoon

No One Comes Today

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