My name is Anne Shifflett. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Therapy from Texas Woman's University and have been a Music Therapist since 1980. I'm certified in elementary school teaching, elementary music, and special education. I was a school teacher for 14 years. I received an education grant from Americorps and enrolled in a painting class taught by Eduardo Rodriguez at San Antonio College in Fall 2003, and have been doing paintings ever since.
I'm a member of the Coppini Fine Arts Academy, and have studied with Irena Taylor, Donna Bland Ron Watkins, Dan McBain, and Gary Lett. I paint in the post impressionistic style, doing landscapes and exotic animals.
My works have been shown at the Starving Artists- La Villita (2004-2005), Border's Books at the Quarry in 2006. Eight pieces of older artwork were at the Artique Gallery and Frame Shop, 8900 Wurzbach, this year and two pieces were exhibited at the Coppini Gallery for the Garden Show. In April, I painted and donated a framed picture of a guide dog puppy ( a Lab) to the Guide Dogs of Texas . Two works were shown at the August exhibit in Fayetteville TX by VSA Arts of Texas. One entry was accepted in reserve for the Summer 2007 Regional Arts Consortium at the San Antonio International Airport. In October, 3 of my pieces will be on exhibit at the AnArte Gallery, San Antonio.
I have been legally blind since 1997, and did not start painting until August 2003. I almost dropped out of my first Art course - I had never painted before, just wanted to. The San Antonio College course forced me to paint on large canvases (36" x36'), and to use professional materials. I learned that I can create works in my own style.
Art gives me a focus. I'm a person who sees possibilities, not disabilities. I work daily on my art to improve my skills and create new paintings. It helps me have a purpose in life. In 4 years, I have created 50 paintings.