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Eco Shumaker (Featured Artist)
Almost a year after the trip to Costa Rica that inspired last year's ArtWalk Ventura exhibition "Mermaids and Mandalas", Eco has found the effects of that journey still rippling through her artwork. This year's exhibit, "Sea Gypsies," is an exploration of the transformation within catalyzed by an epic journey. In this new body of work, Eco's familiar girl spirit is evolving—look for it in the eyes, the expressions and the environment. In addition, Eco's techniques with mixed media are also changing, becoming more layered, and more complex. "Sea Gypsies" allows us to see the story of Eco's evolution play out across the canvas.
The exhibit is continued under the name "Seahorse Saloon" inside the walls of the Plum Gifts and Midiqueen Handbags storefront, the sponsor for this PODS® Gallery.
And don't forget to view the other PODS Gallery at the same location, featuring the work of Indigo Art House's students. For more information, click here.
About Eco Shumaker
I was born and raised in ‘The City of Lights’. Looking back, it seems that the glitz and glam of Las Vegas was the perfect incubus for my creativity, tattooing my childhood with a love of color and texture from as early as I can remember. Knowing that I was driven by my creativity, I attended fashion design school in Los Angeles, and went on to establish a career as a designer in the fashion industry. I loved everything about it—the people, the creative process, seeing my designs come to life. I never really planned to leave the industry, but when I met my husband, we had to make choices, and I moved to start a family. At the time, I knew that I was leaving the fashion industry behind, as well as much of my creative self. Or so I thought.
Life doesn’t come at you how you want or expect—but always how you need. During the years 2009 – 2012, everything in my world came crashing down. My mother was diagnosed, suffered through and passed away from lung cancer. She had been more than just my guardian; my mother was my confidante, my cheerleader and my best friend. It was because of her support that I had left home at 18 to pursue a career in art. It was through her encouragement that I started to paint after I walked away from everything I knew about fashion design. And when I gave birth to a baby that needed surgeries and more strength than I could muster, it was my mother who held my hand as we held our breaths.
And then she was gone.
Painting saved my life, and gave me the motto that I have founded my art studio (Indigo Art House) upon: “Where Art Meets the Soul”. In addition to my family and friends that held me during those dark years, it was pushing paint around while I let the feelings flow and crying over those canvases that helped me to heal. Many of those pieces never came to fruition, but they were the pathway that led me to find my intuitive self and to learn to let my soul speak to me through my work.
Today, I am a professional artist, working predominantly in mixed media, but often times venturing beyond my comfort zone to explore new ideas (ask me some day about 20 right shoes.) I hosted my first solo exhibition this year at the San Buenaventura Art Association Gallery titled, “Wanderlust” and I am growing my teaching studio, Indigo Art House, into the online realm where I will be able to assist others to heal through their exploration of color and texture. The second biggest gift that I’ve ever been given is the gift of creating art. The first is that it is through that art I now know my soul. Come play with me and let’s do some soul talking.
About The Sponsor
Debbie from Plum Gifts & Kristina from MidiQueen Handbags are both artists themselves. It is natural for them to support local artists by bringing products into the shop that are made in their community as well as featuring local artists work. Some of these products are jewelry, cards, handbags and paintings. They enjoy participating in ArtWalk as it is a focused event to feature all the things they love most. Shop Local....
Our local in-house artist, Eco Shumaker, shares her talent by providing children the skills to grow as future artists. She spent time with Kids Arts Ventura, an organization that brings art to children in the foster care system. She continues to spread her gift through workshops for both adults and children in the community.