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Dorina Shen

Dorina Shen was born in Szechuan Province of China but grew up in Taiwan.  She earned a B.S. degree in Chinese Literature and worked as an instructor at Taiwan’s  Providence University before moving to the United States permanently in 1986.  She has been interested in Chinese Painting since she was a child.  She studied painting with Professor Chen Teng Sun and Peg Teng Shih, both famous Chinese artists.  Currently, Shen paints for self-cultivation and relaxation.

Ms. Shen now resides in Brecksville, Ohio.  Unexpectedly, painting has become a significant and essential part of her life.  She has served as an instructor of Chinese Watercolors, conversational Chinese(Mandarin) and Chinese Culture at several area institutions, including the University of Akron, Cuyahoga Community College, the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center and Cleveland OASIS program for senior citizens.

Shen’s paintings also can be found in Europe, Asia and South America.    Her shows include “ASIAN VISIONS” at the Beachwood Center for the Arts, the Brecksville-Broadview Heights School Artmart, Brecksville Mayor’s Art Show, Case Western University, Cleveland State University, John Carroll University and Lake Erie College.   Shen’s students come from diverse backgrounds and ages, and once they become competent, they exhibit their paintings with her  a in joint show very year.

Dorina enjoys painting scenes from nature including landscapes, flowers and birds using Chinese mineral colors and inks on traditional rice paper or silk.  Her Chinese painting style is a mixture ofXieyi(write ideas) and Gongbi(fine detail).   She generally combines firm strokes and lyricism, which is comparable to combining Western Impressionism and Western Realism.  Her paintings reflect her view of life and demonstrate mood and emotional feeling to a remarkable degree, with her students and in her paintings.  She shared not only the love of the art but also her wisdom in living.

Gallery Schedule 2014


January Dorina Shen