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About Me

Do you remember in grade school when you learned about professions? Since the day in kindergarten when I learned the word "artist" I knew that I was meant to be one! I have been painting since grade school, bringing home finger paintings to re-wet them to continue painting. 

Eventually, my skills and materials expanded (thankfully!), and I earned my Bachelor of Fine Art with Honors at Eastern Michigan University.  Shortly after, I began a decorative painting and mural company, Ambiance Design Studio, and I have been an active art instructor to students of all ages since 2004.  

Currently I focus on my studio art, participating in live painting events locally and creating custom murals and elaborate decorative wall finishes for my clients throughout Southeastern Michigan. My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.

COMMISSIONS, LIVE PAINTING DEMOS & PERFORMANCES, ART RENTALS 

 I happily accept commissioned work when I feel that the project will be a great fit between your vision and my talents.  Interested in commissioning me for a custom painting?  Great! Send me your ideas and questions...I will be thrilled to talk with you and will contact you shortly!  I am also available for live painting demonstrations and performances.  My artwork can be rented for home staging, restaurant or commercial installations and more. Please contact me for more information.



Inspiration

"For me, one of the greatest experiences is looking at the piece I am working on and realizing I am looking at something no one in the world has ever seen before.  It’s this experience that motivates me, and that I yearn to share.  My deepest creative desire is to bring to fruition a previously unseen vision of beauty and introspection through my art.  I create art to change our idea of what can be seen in the world."  -​Shadia Derbyshire Contemporary Fine Artist,  Metro Detroit

Techniques

Shadia works primarily in acrylics and collage, but her passion for and creativity with color is the true theme that runs through all of her work.  With her latest collage work, Shadia uses a selection of found papers, tissue papers, discarded sewing patterns, origami and craft papers. These papers are then painstakingly hand-painted, stained, stamped and stenciled.  Shadia then tears each paper by hand to ‘paint’ over her canvas, resulting in dynamic and colorful pieces with unique pattern and texture.

career highlights

Shadia has participate in solo exhibitions and group shows for nearly 20 years throughout Michigan.  Some of her most notable solo exhibits were hosted by Pierre Paul Gallery, The Scarab Club and Level One Gallery.  She has been a featured artist at numerous live events, and her work was highlighted on Fox 2 Detroit.  She's been a participant at Art Prize in Grand Rapids and has volunteered to create community murals as well.

Current Artist CV

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