"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, Contemporary Fine Artist, Metro Detroit
My studio assistant, Sasha
Shadia Derbyshire, known professionally simply as Shadia, has been painting since grade school. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Art with Honors at Eastern Michigan University. Shadia began her decorative painting and mural company, Ambiance Design Studio in 2003, and has been an active art instructor to students of all ages since 2004. She currently focuses on her studio art, participates in live painting events locally and creates custom murals for her clients throughout Southeastern Michigan.
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.