Residing in San Francisco, S.M. Shifflett’s pieces are rich, detailed, realistic paintings. With an emphasis on transgender and queer themes and a range in subject matter from fetishes, tattoos and the human form, Shifflett’s body of work pushes boundaries, hoping to affect people at a very deep, visceral level, and hoping to expose audiences to a part of society that is real, beautiful and should be more readily accepted and embraced.
Images that make the artist feel are those that reflect the human condition. Such images transcend time, language and culture. When an image is compelling, it is possible to feel connected to the artist. Shifflett knows what it feels like to want to create such art: to express what is innately human, to break through the jaded shell our society has imposed on us and make those who view the art feel something. The quest is to arrange pigment on a flat surface and make the viewer feel as strongly when looking into the eyes of a Caravagio or a Van Gogh, to speak where language falls short.
Shifflett’s paintings are prized by internationally collectors. It is typical that new works are sold prior paintings ever leaving the easel.