About Sue Shanahan


I’ve spent my career as an artist bringing children to life in my illustrations and portrait commissions. To date some of my clients include: Walt Disney World, Cricket Magazine, Dover Publications, Beyond Words Publishing, and Auryn Inc. In one of the high points of my career, Hillary Rodham Clinton displayed my portrait of her daughter in the White House. In a note to me she said, “I have your Chelsea drawing – my angel- in my private study where I see it every day. It captures her spirit!” Another professional peak was when Oprah Winfrey purchased the painting I did of her as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. I was even more thrilled when she featured it on her Favorite Things Show later that year.

 In 2012 I decided to heed marketing advice and create a blog to help build a  following for my art. When I introduced my blog, Commonplace Grace, I had no idea I could write or how much I would love the process. To my delight my work was noticed by Arianna Huffington and my blog has been a regular feature in the Huffington Post ever since. I’ve written and illustrated two childrens’ picture books, Glory in the Morning, and Love you to the Moon & Back. They both are now available on Amazon and iBooks.

 Thanks for stopping by – I’d love to hear from you.

Sue Shanahan



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7 thoughts on “About Sue Shanahan

  1. Sue,
    Thanks for your wonderful work, and for your support of girl’s self esteem. It’s a sad commentary that we have to counteract society’s pressure for girls to all look like models. A proud son, brother, husband and father of strong, confident women.

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