Frankie B. is of Chinese, Hawaiian, Portuguese, Pennsylvania Dutch, German, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. His great grandfather was a cabinet maker who arrived in the Hawaiian islands in the late 19th century.
Known for his many years as a performer, comic, host, and radio personality, Frank B. Shaner has attained as much notoriety for his original works in oil, acrylic, wax and still photography. His paintings and photographs have found their way into the collections of fellow artists and celebrities in Hawaii and around the world.
"I love to push paint around and I think the transition came the day the twin towers in New York City came crashing down. Like most everyone, 9/11 changed the way I viewed the world … taking me down a path I could have never imagined. I became a different person. For most of my life, I have been in radio but on that day — after working around the clock broadcasting news feeds from New York — I was exhausted. It was extremely painful and numbing to talk about these tragedies for hours and seeing the rubble of broken lives.”
“Tired and confused, I walked out the door of the studio and into a local art store, where I bought canvases, tubes of oil paint and brushes of all sizes. I had never painted a stroke in my life. The closest I had ever come to creating any art was my incessant doodling on cocktail napkins and scrap paper. However, I was so affected by that day and its events, I have since dedicated myself to painting every day.”
“My first piece was an oil painting that’s still in my possession … a small 5”x 6” painting of a clump of trees. Then, I painted fish swimming along the coastline … why? I have no idea.”
“For me, painting is like a portal, a way out of my skin, to get off this planet and away from humans. When I paint, I’m free!”
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