Chet Shinaman has painted successfully for over thirty years. The subjects of his oil paintings run the gamut of Landscapes to Nautical to Restaurant themes. He specializes in Florida and Northeast settings; each painting has a story to tell which he does by contrasting elements of subjects and style.
Originally trained at Rhode Island School of Design, Shinaman went on to study at Syracuse University and South Florida University, where he earned his Master of Arts degree. As a member of the Dunedin Fine Art Center and the National Association of Independent Artists and the Oil Painters of America, he continues to study.
Shinaman is an avid researcher of technique and the styles of other well-known artists including Richard Schmid, Charles Dickinson, Craig Nelson and the late Ken Auster. In addition he studies the masters of impressionism including Monet and Van Gogh. While living in the Washington DC area Shinaman would often visit the Monet floor of the National Gallery of Art.
As a world traveler, Shinaman was influenced, by not only the landscapes of the USA, but much of the architecture of Europe and the Middle East. These experiences seem to have made an impression on the artist’s use of color and texture. He uses the subtle differences in people and places to extend his pallet.
In his work, the dark turquoise of the Caribbean is contrasted with the rough cold purplish-grey of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor and the pastels of the Mediterranean in the South of France. His themes sometimes revolve around the rocky coast of Maine and Monterey and the coastal areas of South Florida.
“I can always see paintings in my surroundings. This way I don't have to wait for “inspiration,” said Shinaman. "Like Jack London, I believe that 'you can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.'” From his personal correspondence with the late John Updike about art and writing, John wrote to Shinaman, “Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.”
Shinaman's work is widely collected, and his gallery representation is expanding though out the USA.
Orinal Oil Painting: Oil on Linen
This is an original work.
Height 30" x Width 24" x Depth 0.7"
Year Produced: Unknown
Inventory ID CS_0035
Status: All Galleries
There is a beautiful seventeen mile drive from Monterey, California south to Carmel, the town in which Clint Eastwood lives and was the Mayor of twenty years ago. This scene is on the shore just north of the famous Pebble Beach Golf Country Club. The cold water below this lovely old Mexican style home heats the stormy air above into a perfect rainbow giving a glow to the old boulders.