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About the Artist
Kasey Shantz is an artist, teacher, student and lover of the arts. His passion was ignited by an early move to Califonia as a child where the scenic natural beauty provided abundant inspiration for the developing artist. He was always happy to share his enjoyment of art. One classmate even remembering an instance in which he provided artistic instruction to their entire fifth grade class. He continued to study as he grew taking every art elective he could in high school before attending junior college in California. (U of M) where he earned degrees in Journalism / Mass Communications and Studio Arts.While attending he worked on the staff of the Minnesota Daily school newspaper where he contributed illustrations and copy for the Minnesota Daily school paper and went on to earn a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in Studio Arts. Kasey has always surrounded himself with the art world directly or indirectly. After college he worked in the picture framing trade and eventually even taught adult extension courses on the subject. He has also managed a retail supply for artists, architects and designers. By 1995 he had started his own business doing interior decorative painting. This provided him with more opportunity to learn as he taught himself the faux finishing of wood grains, stone and marble, stenciling and fine Italian plaster application. All the while he was excelling at mural painting and trompe l'oeil. His work can be found in restaurants and night clubs as well as homes and private estates from Florida to Oregon. His work even earned him a citation in the Spring 2010 Better Homes and Gardens special interest publication, Beautiful Kitchens. His continuing work also increased his interest in related areas of study including, but not limited to traditional and contemporary trends and cultural movements in architecture, furniture, textile and interior design and, of course, art. He continued learning and practicing traditional oil painting techniques at Clea Feline's Studio School in Minneapolis. In 2010 he moved to Portland Oregon to be closer to his West coast family and for the inspirational beauty in the region.
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