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Peaceful Landscapes: Art by Yvonne Shaffer

A painting of shadows on a sandy beachShadows in the Sand, oil on canvas

Yvonne Shaffer is a painter and set designer based in Meadsville, Pennsylvania. In her painting practice, the artist renders peaceful landscapes with a slightly subdued palette and details that are painted with a loose, slightly gestural hand.

A painting of waves breaking over a tropical shoreBahama Surf, oil on canvas


Yvonne’s recent series of paintings of the Bahamas are quite lovely -- her use of pastel colors, like the light blues of the water and sandy tones of the land, furthers the serene quality that she captures in the landscape. Yvonne is especially adept at capturing crashing waves, in a way that’s reminiscent of the works of Frank Kusch.

The front page of Yvonne Shaffer's art


In our previous feature of Yvonne’s theatrical artworks, we looked at the ways that the artist’s painting style translates into her set painting and design. In the theatre, the artist leaves behind some of the quieter qualities of her works, focusing on creating eye-catching sets that support the actors and the scenes without overwhelming the performance.

A watercolor painting of some docked boatsAwaiting Passengers, watercolor

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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