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Shea Alisa  10.15.2020

Artist

Alisa Shea

United States

Born in 1974

Joined Artisor: February 2024

Artist Stats

Total pieces for sale: 1

Bio

Alisa Shea is a child of the 70s from Normal (yes, Normal), Illinois. Despite a clear passion and

aptitude for fine art, Alisa was persuaded to forego an art education in favor of more practical

pursuits. In 2013—two decades, two degrees, and several unrelated jobs later—she had a

midlife crisis decided she could no longer defer her artistic goals, and left an established career

in health outcomes research in order to pursue painting full time.

Alisa works exclusively in watercolor. Her work has been shown in juried exhibitions across the

United States and is in numerous private collections. She is a Signature member of the

National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and the Watercolor

Honor Society, and is a juried member of the International Guild of Realism. She has been

featured in publications including The Artist’s Magazine, International Artist, Watercolor Artist,

The Art of Watercolour, and Fine Art Connoisseur, as well as several editions of the Splash-Best

of Watercolor book series.

Alisa lives and works in Northport, New York with her husband, two sons, and one beautiful

English bulldog. She has no representation and paints at an easel in the kitchen.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a long-time frustrated artist who quit a decades long career in an unrelated field in order to

pursue my creative passions full time. I’ve been an occupational therapist and a health

outcomes researcher. Go ahead, search PubMed for “AM Shea”… and the next time you’re

having trouble sleeping?

“Resource use and costs of branch and central retinal vein occlusion in the elderly.” You’re

welcome.

Inspired by the stress of my high pressure consulting job, my nanny’s arrest, my husband’s

diagnosis of early-onset Parkinson’s disease, and my impending 40th birthday–ALL AT THE

SAME TIME–I took a hint from the universe and quit my “real” job in the fall of 2013. Shortly

thereafter, I took my first ever watercolor class at my local art league and I immediately fell in

love.

I paint in watercolor because it scares me. I love its quirky unpredictability. I love the twinge of

anxiety I feel every time I put down a color, knowing that I’ve often only got one shot to get it

right.

I take a medium known for its softness and unpredictability and push it to its outermost limits of

saturation and control. My still life paintings are a celebration of the intricacies of the familiar and

the beauty generated by the patina of time. Although I gravitate toward vintage subjects, my

work is informed by my current life experiences and surroundings. As a result, my work offers an

interplay between the present and the past, providing a detailed study of extant objects and

themes while simultaneously evoking a sense of history and nostalgia.

I start painting first thing in the morning, and the next thing I know it’s mid afternoon. Hours have

gone by, but to me, no time has passed. My anxieties about everyday trivialities simply fade

away and I’m transported to a place where nothing else matters but light and shadow and

color… and it is SO GOOD.

So that’s where I’m at right now. Welcome to my encore.

Alisa Shea

alisa@alisashea.com | Northport, NY | www.alisashea.com

Bio Author: I.G.O.R. Show in Scottsdale

  • Artworks
  • Curriculum Vitae

2024 International Guild of Realism, 18th Annual Exhibition, Brennen Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ

2023 Transparent Watercolor Society of America, 46th Annual Exhibition, Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha, WI,

Kenneth R Hetzel Memorial Award

2023 Watercolor USA, , Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO, Watercolor USA Honor Society Savoir-Faire

Fabriano Paper Award

2023 International Guild of Realism 17th Annual Exhibition, Sugarman Peterson Gallery, Sanfa Fe, New Mexico

2023 National Watercolor Society 103rd International Open Exhibition, NWS Gallery, San Pedro, CA, NWS

Masters Award

2023 Splash 24: The Best of Watercolor competition, Artists Magazine, Summer, First Place

2023 International Guild of Realism Fall Salon Online Exhibition, American Art Collector Editor’s Choice

Award

2022 FASO BoldBrush Art Contest & Exhibit, January, The BoldBrush Award

2022 PleinAir Magazine, 11th Annual PleinAir Salon Competition, Top 25 finalist

2022 International Guild of Realism 16th Annual Exhibition, McBride Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland

2022 Watercolor USA, , Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO, Doris White Memorial Award

2022 American Women Artists, Breaking Through: The RiseSpringfield Art Museum of American Women Artists,

Customs House Museum, Clarksville, TN

2022 Transparent Watercolor Society of America, 46th Annual Exhibition, Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha, WI,

Phil Austin Founders Award

2022 Long Island Biennial, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY,, three works selected, Award of

Excellence

2022 16th International ARC Salon, two works selected as Finalists, ARC Staff Award

2021 National Watercolor Society 101st International Open Exhibition, San Pedro, CA, NWS Masters Award

2021 Transparent Watercolor Society of America, 45th Annual Exhibition, Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha,

WI, Winslow Homer Award of Merit

2021 American Women Artists, Lifting the Sky: Elevating the Works of American Women Artists, online exhibition

due to COVID-19, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Award of Excellence

2021 Watercolor USA, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO, National Watercolor Society Reciprocal

Award

2021 Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, 42nd Annual International Exhibition, Lancaster, PA, Mary Jane Sausser

Memorial Award

2021 International Guild of Realism Fall Salon Online Juried Exhibition, two works selected, International Artist

Magazine Editor’s Choice

2021 American Watercolor Society, 154th Annual International Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

2020 Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, 41st Annual International Exhibition, Lancaster, PA, First Place

2020 Watercolor Magazine, 2020 Watermedia Showcase, Second Place

2020 15th International ARC Salon Finalist, two works selected

2020 Long Island Biennial, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY, three works selected

2020 Making Their Mark: American Women Artists, Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA

2020 Watercolor USA, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO, 2nd Place, Bill Armstrong Memorial Cash Award,

Chosen for Exhibition Catalog cover

2019 Transparent Watercolor Society of America, 43rd Annual Exhibition, Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha,

WI, Qualified for Letters

2019 North East Watercolor Society, 43rd International Exhibition, Kent, CT, 2nd Place

2019 14th International ARC Salon Finalist

2019 Watercolor USA, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO, Richard Clubb Memorial Award

2018 National Watercolor Society 98th International Open Exhibition, NWS Gallery, San Pedro, CA

2018 Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 39th International Juried Exhibition, Warren, PA, Merchandise Award

2018 Long Island Biennial, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY

2018 Watercolor USA 2018, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO

2017 Artist’s Magazine All-Media Competition, First Place, Watercolor

2017 The Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition, Finalist—Still Life category

2017 41st Annual Exhibition, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha, WI,

Ralph Smith TWSA Memorial Award

2017 Richeson 75: Small Works 2017, Richeson School of Art & Gallery, Kimberly, WI

2016 48th Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA

2016 Annual Juried Painting and Sculpture Non-Members Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY (two

paintings accepted)

2016 40th Annual Exhibition, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha,

WI, Jack Richeson Art Supply award

2016 International Juried Exhibition, Society of Watercolor Artists, Fort Worth, TX

2015 Don’t Eat This, Huntington Arts Council, Huntington, NY (Juror: Beth Giacummo, Islip Art Museum

Curatorial & Exhibition Director; Professor of Fine Art, Dowling College)

2015 Strength and Power in Art, Smithtown Township Arts Council, St. James, NY (Juror: David H. Reuss)

Honorable mention

2015 57th Long Island Artists Exhibition, Art League of Long Island, Dix Hills, NY (Juror: Andrea Wells, Director,

Tibor de Nagy Gallery, NYC)

2014 Inanimate—Annual Still Life Exhibition, Huntington Arts Council, Huntington, NY, Honorable mention

Group Exhibitions

2017 “Lucky Numbers,” RIPE Art Gallery, Huntington, NY

2016 “Introductions,” invited 6-person group show, RIPE Art Gallery, Huntington, NY

2015 Northport Pop-Up Gallery, Northport Arts Coalition, Northport, NY

Other

2022 Juror, 3rd Annual Women in Watercolor International Juried Competition

2020 Selected artist for Emerging Artists Series, Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY

2018 Selected artist for NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp, NY State Council on the Arts in

partnership with NY Foundation for the Arts, Huntington Arts Council, Huntington, NY

2018 Selected artist for slide presentation and talk, Long Island Biennial, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington,

NY

2016 “Slide Slam,” selected artist for slide presentation and talk, coordinated by Islip Art Museum at RIPE Art

Gallery, Huntington, NY

Bibliography

Press

● International Artist Magazine, Scottsdale, AZ, 2023. Master Painters of the World: Alisa Shea, No. 150, pg

106-109.

● Watercolor Artist, Golden, CO, 2023. Making a Splash: Alisa Shea, Summer, pg 4.

● The Art of Watercolour, Naintre, France, 2022. Alisa Shea: Painting as Self-Expression, No.46, pg 82-87.

● Watercolor Artist, Blue Ash, OH, 2021. A Soothing Reality, Spring, pg 32-37.

● Splash 25: The Best of Watercolor, Artists’ Magazine. Publication in Summer 2024.

● Splash 24: The Best of Watercolor, Artists’ Magazine, Summer 2023. First Place Winner Alisa Shea, pages

8-11.

● Splash 23: The Best of Watercolor, Artists’ Magazine. July 2022.

● Splash 22: The Best of Watercolor, Artists’ Magazine. July 2021.

● Splash 21: The Best of Watercolor, Artists’ Magazine. September 2020.

● Splash 20: The Best of Watercolor, Northlight Books. July 2019.

● The Art of Watercolor, Naintre, France, 2017. Meet the Artist: Alisa Shea; Finding Your Way with

Watercolour, No. 29, pg 74-79.

● The Art of Watercolor, Naintre, France, 2017. Winner, Readers’ Competition, No. 28, pg 8.

● Splash 18: The Best of Watercolor, Northlight Books, runner-up.

● Splash 17: The Best of Watercolor, Northlight Books. July 2016.

● The Times of Huntington, Northport, & East Northport, Huntington, NY, 2016. Cover image, Arts &

Lifestyles, Volume 13, No. 11.

● Huntington Arts Council Arts Cultural News, Huntington, NY, 2015. Cover image, Winter-Spring (Feb-May),

Volume XIII, Issue 1.

Professional Memberships

● Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Signature member

● Watercolor USA Honor Society, Signature member

● National Watercolor Society, Signature member

● International Guild of Realism, juried member

● American Watercolor Society, associate member

Education

Art League of Long Island

Watercolor Kindergarten, 6-week course, Roberta Erlagen, Fall 2013

University of Illinois at Chicago

MPH, Masters of Public Health, Health Policy, 2000

University of Illinois at Chicago

BS, Occupational Therapy, 1996

No previous artwork sold