Auckland-born painter Shane Foley began her artistic career studying under Colin McCahon, John Drawbridge and Kate Coolihan in a National Bank Art workshop in the early 1970's.
Foley's passion for painting led her to study at Auckland University's Elam School of Fine Arts, where she was mentored by Robert Ellis, Don Binney and Garth Tapper and graduated in 1977. In the late 1970's, Foley attended Auckland Teachers College to consolidate her artistic training in the field of education, which led to a career in teaching and art education that has spanned more than 20 years. In this time, Foley gained aMasters of Education (in Educational Administration) from Deakin University (Victoria, Australia) and later a Post Graduate Diplomain Evaluation (Massey University). Foley has been a practisingartist since her Elam graduation, participating in a number ofgroup and solo shows, dealer gallery exhibitions, award shows and community arts events.
Foley's work exhibits a particular interest in the landscape andthe way landscape evokes notions of time, memory and place. Specifically, Foley focuses on the autobiographical and human nature of painting, drawing on her personal connection to the landscapes of the West Coast and Northland. Recent works (primarily oil on canvas) feature atmospheric and painterly depictions of land, sea and sky.
Foley currently works in the field of evaluation and continues to produce work from her Auckland studio. She has been nominated asa finalist in the James Wallace Art Awards and is a regular contributor to the annual Artists in Eden community event in Mt Eden, Auckland.