Bio: Shirley Mancino
Paintings with Panache
Mancino is a professional painter, teacher, art critic and juror. Her passions for life and travel can be seen in her dramatic artworks. Mancino has a distinctive and innovative experimental style. She brings a fresh and vibrant perspective to people-scapes, animals and abstractions. With 30 years experience as an adult educator, she delivers joyful workshops and presentations to art associations and public groups.
She completed four years at the Ontario College of Art and Design, she studied at the Haliburton School of Fine Arts as well as at Belles Artes Institute, San Miguel, Mexico. Shirley continues to take workshops to enhance her skills.
Mancino thrives on experimentation using layering, collaging and many other non-brush techniques. She starts with abstract under paintings, pushing herself to remain loose. When it works, she signs it. If it lacks pizzazz, she layers on top letting the under painting shine through and create magic. This gives an ethereal or mystical quality to her work for which she is well known. “It is the mystery in the work, which fascinates me”.
Among her numerous awards are The Juror=s Choice Award, Toronto Watercolour Society (2000); The People’s Choice Award 2008, Perth Art on a Lawn; four awards in 1996 at The Rideau Valley Art Festival (RVAF) Best of Show, First in Mixed Media, First in Watercolour and the People=s Choice Award. She won other First place awards at both the RVAF and the Cabbagetown Festival over the years. With 30 years experience as an adult educator, Shirley delivers workshops and presentations to art associations and individuals.
Mancino’s work can be seen at: Artemisia Gallery, Westport; Studio 737, Tweed; Cambridge Design Gallery, Ottawa; Gallery Raymond, Kingston; and Ottawa Mixed Media Association’s on line gallery in addition to a number of other locations