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.
The Nina and the Bridge of Lions
Original Oil Painting: Oil on Linen
This is an original work.
Height 14" x Width 18" x Depth 3"
Year Produced: Unknown
Inventory ID CS_0059
Status: All Galleries
The Niña - Most Historically Accurate Columbus Replica Ship Ever Built (as seen in St Aug in 2004)
The Niña is a replica of the ship on which Columbus sailed across the Atlantic on his three voyages of discovery to the new world beginning in 1492. Columbus sailed the tiny ship over 25,000 miles. That ship was last heard of in 1501, but the new Niña has a different mission. It is a floating museum, and visits ports all over the Western Hemisphere. The miracle of seamanship that got these ships over such distances cannot be underestimated. I served in the Navy and the diesel engines could keep a ship in heavy seas going into the waves so that it didn’t capsize, but in Columbus’ time, without being able to keep all sails up in a storm, it took great seamanship using only the rudder to avoid the same fate.