My name is Shanda. The name, Inkapades, comes from combing two words; Ink, the colorful medium I work most in, and Escapades, the origins of which mean an adventurous action or escape. Both aptly describe the feeling I get when I'm in the creative process.

From the time I could hold a pencil, I was driven by the desire to express myself artistically. My inspiration for my work is the miracle of life, which I find all around me; in the lines and shadows, textures, and colors of nature. I believe the fluid and unpredictable nature of working with alcohol inks and dyes recreates the "perfect imperfection" I find in nature itself.

My personal favorite pieces are the "happy accidents" that occur unexpectedly, when I stop working from a preconceived idea, and allow the colors and images to emerge and reveal themselves to me, intuitively!

The creative process for me is the ultimate form of meditation. Getting "lost" in the act of creating is where I "find" the most sublime moments of peace, and freedom from the illusions of everyday life that would have us believe that there is anything truly more important than fully experiencing the present moment. 

For those who take my classes, it is this gift I wish most to bestow; more than to master a technique, that you master the art of opening to creating art from a place of non-judgement, and that you experience the magic of taking pleasure in the simple act of creation itself!

Abstract Alcohol Ink Paintings