CountyPrince George's County
Artist StatementMy paintings are strongly influenced by my eclectic background and my personal vision of the world as essentially a positive and joyous place. Many of my works depict scenes from everyday life, and my favorite subjects include family-run shops, cafes, restaurants (especially kitchens), old bars, people working, and people in cafes. I also like to paint scenes from nature, such as skies and landscapes from my native PEI and my adopted home in Spain. Watercolor and watercolor and ink are my chosen mediums. I feel that the spontaneous nature of watercolor suits my energetic personality. My goal is not to reproduce a scene exactly, but rather to convey the overall feel of a place and the inherent joy that I find in my subjects.
Shayna Skolnik was born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, raised in a suburb of Washington, D.C., and spent several years living in southern Spain. She began drawing and painting at an early age and was generously encouraged by her parents to develop her natural abilities. Shayna currently resides in Maryland and is a member of the Maryland Federation of Art. Shayna's award-winning paintings have been featured in The Washington Post and she has donated work for charitable auctions including the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Smithsonian Institution, and the MFA.