Shanna Steals grew up in different parts of Prescott and Russell, including Casselman, St-Albert, Limoges and Alfred, where she lives today. Shanna earned a double bachelor’s degree in visual arts and in English literature from the University of Ottawa in 2006. As a student, she specialized in darkroom photography, 35 mm black and white, as well as in mixed media sculpture, assemblage and installation. She explored different mediums, as well as drawing. painting and performance to convey her concepts, but keeps coming back to acrylic painting, mixed techniques, sculpture and drawing, the four core mediums in her creations. She currently works in multiple mediums, favouring traditional manufacturing methods, given that the process of creation, materiality and experimentation are at the source of her art. She has completed a few major murals, designs and produces logos, and designs and makes masks for theatre and dance groups. She regularly exhibits her work in local and regional galleries.
Shanna has been teaching visual arts to children and teens, and acrylic painting to adults, since 2003 in cultural centres and schools as a guest artist. In 2014, she took the Artist-Educator Foundations Course at the Royal Conservatory in partnership with the Ontario Arts Council. When the Conseil des arts Prescott-Russell Arts Council (CAPRAC) was founded in 2014, she became the organization’s Coordinator, and later its Executive Director. To this day, she continues to share her extensive knowledge and experience as an artist, educator, arts administrator and exhibit curator.