Shaun Aleman

Metairie, LA

Being a lifelong resident of Southern Louisiana has had a definite impact and influence on me and my artwork. The images that I paint represent the unique heritage and culture of the region. The food, music, local festivals and even the catch phrases of the area lend themselves easily to my paintings. With so much going on I will never run out of subject material to paint. Having grown up here, spending the weekends fishing, celebrating Mardi Gras, going to the French Quarter and the thousands of other things that we take for granted and as normal, I now am starting to realize how special this place really is.

I paint mostly in watercolor and acrylic paints in bright colors. I like to paint the things that I find appealing or that I feel nostalgic about . I have studied architecture in college and worked renovating old houses, but I don’t make architectural paintings. I distort the perspectives to give a 3D affect and often cut the shapes out of wood for my paintings. I also recycle or reclaim salvaged wood from area houses, driftwood and other found objects to make my frames. So not only are you getting a painting by a Louisiana artist but also a small piece of Louisiana itself. Besides the architecture I like to paint a lot of the local wildlife & fish of the area. This comes from my childhood and now hunting and fishing the area lakes, bayous and swamps.

I always enjoyed painting & drawing even when I was a small child & have strived to be an artist. My hope is that you enjoy artwork and that it will bring back happy memories of gatherings with family and friends, a bit of the past, fond memories of music once shared, fun times at local festival or just a chuckle of happy times.