Her interest in Icons stems from a deep inner space, beyond words, which began at an early age with a spiritual journey that drew her to both an interest in the Church and to painting. These are now combined into her Icon work.
"My lifelong passion, interest and dedication to the areas of painting, art and spirituality combines together wonderfully, for me, into my Iconography"
In 1996 was one of the “12 leading painters” invited to exhibit in “The Art of the Icon Writer in Australia” exhibited at “The George Paton Gallery”, Melbourne University and then at St. Francis Church as part of a worldwide conference on Prayer and Spirituality.
She was later invited to paint all the Icons for a Church being built in the Philippines, a commission which lasted many years. Each painting on wood measured 2 x 1.5 metres and was specially packed and crated for the overseas journey.
To further her studies in Iconography she joined the Otira College/Uniting Church Icon School and also took part in an Icon Painting group under the tutelage of Anna Prifti, Iconographer.
Articles written about Shasta’s Icon painting have appeared in several newspapers including “The Emerald Hill Times”,”Kairos”, and “Church Scene”.
Through Invitation she has exhibited her Icons at The Toorak Uniting Church “Kinross House Gallery”, the Gallery at the Australian Catholic University, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Armadale, “Gallery 11”, Mentone (solo exhibition), St. Agnes Church, Glenhuntly, Centre for Creative Arts, St. Kilda and the Uniting Church, Canterbury.
Methods :- Shasta applies all the traditional methods including the use of Tempera paint (egg yolk mixed with dry paint pigments) and gold leaf onto a wooden support.
Shasta sells her work directly or completes a special Icon by commission.
Previous exhibitions achievements and commissions
|Bachelor of Education (Art & Craft).Majored in Painting, awarded a Distinction.|
|Taught art at Williamstown High School.|
|Member of the Emerald Hill Art Group. Regularly exhibits her Oil Paintings.|
|Stallholder at the Arts Centre Sunday Market for 15 years displaying and selling her Icon Paintings, complimented with hand painted glass candleholders.|
|Taught “Traditional Icon Painting” at the Victorian Academy of Decorative Art.|