EASTON — Each year, the Festival of Trees has a special custom-designed, original artwork. This year, the tradition continues with a painting by local artist Mandie Shockley.
Shockley developed a passion for art at a young age after taking drawing lessons from a family friend. She studied art history at the University of Maryland alongside her degree in Spanish language and literature.
She started painting as a hobby and to create gifts for family and friends until 2017, when she was approached to compose her first commissioned piece. Since then, she has continued her passion, specializing in pet portraits and sculpture painting, as well as private and commercial murals.
Christmas is Shockley’s favorite time of year, and her memories of choosing and decorating a Christmas tree with her father, who passed away in 2015, were the inspiration of the year’s Festival of Trees original artwork. In addition, having family members enter hospice care also contributed to Shockley’s enthusiasm to be able to give back by becoming this year’s featured artist.
The theme of this year’s festival is “A Timeless Christmas.”
Shockley’s Festival of Trees painting, which is the prize for the Artwork Raffle, is on display at 1880 Bank Idlewild Avenue in Easton until Nov. 27. After that time, it will be on display during the Festival of Trees, Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, in the Gold Ballroom of the Tidewater Inn and at the preview party on Nov. 29. Raffle tickets are available for $10 each or three for $25; visit www.festival-of-trees.org to purchase.
To see more of Shockley’s artwork, visit her on Facebook at “Mandie Shockley Art” or @man dieshockleyart on Instagram.