Phllis Shafer Biography

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Phyllis Shafer
Born 1958, Buffalo, New York


After receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1988, Phyllis Shafer continued to exhibit her work and teach part-time in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1994, she moved to South Lake Tahoe, accepting a full-time, teaching position at Lake Tahoe Community College. Living in the Sierra Mountains deepened Shafer’s interest in the natural world and the metaphorical possibilities it provides as painting subjects.

Long associated with the Lake Tahoe region, Shafer’s work is part of the Nevada Museum of Art’s permanent collection as well as many private and corporate collections throughout the western United States.

In 2014 the Nevada Museum of Art staged a mid-career retrospective exhibition of Shafer’s work titled, “I Only Went Out for a Walk”. Shafer is represented by Stremmel Gallery, Reno, NV. To date, Shafer has had six solo exhibitions at the Stremmel Gallery. The most recent in November 2016 titled, “Nature Divine: Landscape Paintings of the American West”.

Shafer’s paintings, which focus on the western landscape, are a combination of plein air observation and fantasy exaggerations that capture the rhythms, vitality, and unique idiosyncracies of the western landscape.