ANGLES: Hi Shea! Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?
SM: Hi! I am currently a junior at SUNY Oswego, in the process of getting my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with a concentration in painting. I will be pursuing a Masters of Arts in teaching degree upon graduating, with the goal of becoming a K-12 certified art teacher.
ANGLES: How did you get started in creating art?
SM: I have been drawing, painting and creating art ever since I can remember. It has been my passion from such a young age, and most of my earliest memories are centered around art-making. I can’t imagine my life without it.
ANGLES: What does your process look like?
SM: Most of my work is very impulsive, I work very quickly and get into my own mental “zone”. I usually have no perception of time when I start a painting. I could keep going for hours.
ANGLES: How do you know when a piece is finished?
SM: I can’t help but smile at this question, just because in art school I am often told that art is never finished. Professors are always encouraging students to work back into their paintings to make them the very best that they can be. Personally, I feel that my pieces are done when I take a long look at them and don’t feel the urge to add/change anything.
ANGLES: What inspires your art, particularly the pieces you submitted to ANGLES?
SM: Most of my portfolio consists of abstract paintings that feature shapes. I am inspired by shapes in the world around me- if i see a shape that I find to be intriguing, I remember the shape and then incorporate it into my work. I do all of my work freehand, meaning I do not use rulers.
ANGLES: Who (or what) are some of your biggest inspirations?
SM: My parents and family have always supported my passion for art, but my grandma has been my rock throughout every art-related thing. She gave me my first pack of pens, and I have the word “create” tattooed on my wrist in her handwriting. She’s the kindest human, and such an inspiration to me.
ANGLES: What other hobbies do you have?
SM: I have always enjoyed reading, creative writing, and I was a sideline/allstar cheerleader for 10 years.
ANGLES: Where can we find more of your work?
SM: My website! www.shea-mccarthy.com
I recently received the honor of having one of my paintings accepted into a show in NYC at the SUNY Global Center- so I am very excited about that!