Monica Shinn: Biography

After completing a B.S. in metals and painting at the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Monica Shinn moved to Providence, RI in 1996.   She has worked as a writer, a painter, a carpenter, a metalsmith, a welder and an electrician; having a technician’s knowledge and a fine art training informs both her design work and her painting.

Monica Shinn's paintings describe her neighborhood, bits and pieces of daily life in Providence and other places.  She composes as a colorist, pushing depth and dimension with the force of color rather than traditional line perspective.  Her drawings tend more toward reality than realism and her spare works on paper are often achingly stark and true.  Monica's images explore the loneliness and awkwardness of humans being together.