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SJ. Shaffer

Anejo by SJ. Shaffer
Anejo
Calling in the Rain by SJ. Shaffer
Calling in the Rain
Cantaro by SJ. Shaffer
Cantaro
Casa by SJ. Shaffer
Casa
El Dia De Mañana by SJ. Shaffer
El Dia De Mañana
Embraced by SJ. Shaffer
Embraced
Esperar by SJ. Shaffer
Esperar
Grace by SJ. Shaffer
Grace
Harvest by SJ. Shaffer
Harvest
Jemez by SJ. Shaffer
Jemez
Legends by SJ. Shaffer
Legends
My Journey by SJ. Shaffer
My Journey
Nectar by SJ. Shaffer
Nectar
Rayo de Luz by SJ. Shaffer
Rayo de Luz
Rose and Molasses by SJ. Shaffer
Rose and Molasses
Sonora by SJ. Shaffer
Sonora
Traditions by SJ. Shaffer
Traditions

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SJ. Shaffer

Raised poor on the streets and ocean boardwalks of Mission Beach, San Diego- SJ Shaffer was watched over by the saviors of the local homeless and street gangs. Protected by heroic Vietnam Veterans who gifted her with art supplies, and escorted to school on Harley’s by the reputable but infamous California Hell’s Angel’s.

Importantly was the refuge she found in classrooms and miraculous teachers who taught her strive, self diligence, and to clench tightly to perseverance, integrity, and her true grit. Guided by her God given Artistic talent Shaffer paved her way to a future filled with reason and purpose. At seventeen years of age winning numerous ribbons in drawing, mastering Color Pencil, Shaffer was awarded the San Diego Kiwanis Merit and a scholarship to Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, in Los Angeles, California.

Graduating with honors and a BFA in Commercial Illustration, Shaffer went on to working as a freelance Illustrator for a variety of companies, and instructing at Cal State Los Angeles University.

With this under her belt she made the inspiring decision to exchange the Ocean for the beautiful land of Arizona and New Mexico, expanding her technique towards the direction of Fine Art.

Truly Illustrative and Contemporary Shaffer chose to paint the recipe of the West; its legendary cultures, the intricate and spiritual symbolism, and treasured traditions interwoven throughout the land and the people.

The Historical Tapestry of the Native Americans, the Spanish, Mexico, and the Cowboys that have worked the land for generations. Let alone the mesmerizing Saguaros that accompany Burros that carry ones wood in prayer.

SJ Shaffer’s paintings are represented throughout the States of Arizona, Santa Fe New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma.