Artist De Shan in the spotlight

I am a big believer of the notion that ‘what is unique to our region is what makes the region really special’. This is especially evident within the local arts and crafts industries. We have a range of local artists at the Caloundra Street Fair each Sunday. Over the coming weeks with this blog I hope to shed light on them and their work with the hope that our Street Fair visitors will seek them out and enjoy their work. Perhaps you might even see something you just have to have for that blank wall at home, or find a unique gift for that special someone.

Resident Artist De Shan is a regular at the Caloundra Street Fair. Whether it’s Disney characters, pop culture or pet portraits she has a knack for making paintings with personality. This former astrophysics undergraduate uses a finger painting technique that is seamless. Most of her works are crafted with oil paint applied to canvas with her hands and only the finer details are completed by paintbrush.

Born in Adelaide, De Shan grew up in Australia, but became curious about her American heritage and moved to the USA to complete a tertiary education in fine art. Now based on the Sunshine Coast De Shan has a strong connection to Disney through family history, but her career was inspired by the death of her pet Labrador Hank. Now, in his honour, she creates pet portraits capturing their personality after studying photos and interviewing owners about their beloved pet’s idiosyncrasies.

De Shan’s stall offers a range of paintings and prints but her range also extends to jewellery, badges, cards and hand painted metal wallets. There is always something really interesting to discover at De Shan’s stall, so I hope you get the chance to meet De Shan and see her work soon.

Street Fair Manager, Jade Baker


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