Bayberry Lanning Shah (Artist)
About the Artist
Bayberry Lanning Shah has worked in many different art media from jewelry to scarf design but always comes back to painting when an image or scene inspires. Her current series of impressionistic realism paintings sprang as an extension of her photography. Almost all of her paintings are of subjects that she has photographed herself. “My type of painting requires a certain style of photograph. I take loads of pictures in the hope of capturing a special shot that will work for a painting.” Bayberry goes on to explain, “Using macro shots allows me to focus in on images of flowers and plants that most people are not used to seeing. Instead of just painting a typical rose bloom, I am more intrigued by the buds and thorns and uniquely shaped leaves. I hope that when people view my paintings, they ask, “What is that?” at first glance.”
Bayberry Lanning Shah grew up in Murray, KY, a college town where her father was a professor. Bayberry excelled in art and music classes in high school, winning the Juror’s award in a regional art competition for her original painting. Despite her promise as an artist, she accepted a full scholarship in Music Performance at Miami University in Ohio. There she played in the symphony on bassoon but always found time to do art projects in her spare time. While living in New York, after obtaining her Master’s Degree in International Marketing, Bayberry became active in local art groups. She produced original prints, silk scarves and jewelry for local boutiques and craft fairs. Upon moving back to Kentucky, the horse racing scene of Churchill Downs inspired her to paint a horse in the paddock, beneath the legendary twin spires. This reignited her love of painting and she has been actively expanding her portfolio ever since. Bayberry currently lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband Atique and cat Mila.
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