Anne Shams Art


 Anne Shams (Anne Barber-Shams), after studying for a year at the University of Padua in Italy, graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts, Painting Emphasis.

    Prompted by difficult circumstances and a bout of depression, she began painting as therapy, and soon found herself experiencing images that she later learned were archetypal. The combination of meditation and painting led her to a path of soul expression unconfined by any specific religion, and to devote her art to spiritually and socially relevant issues of peace, justice and the environment.   

    Her work has been exhibited nationally and published in Faith and Form, the sacred sector journal of the American Institute of Architects.  

    Oregon’s Regional Art and Culture Council awarded her a grant to create art for and curate the exhibit, The Wilderness Journey, illuminating the common ground in the three expressions of the Abrahamic faiths.

    The Canton, Ohio Museum of Art chose her work for the exhibit, Sacred Voices.

    The Jerusalem Fund Gallery of the Palestine Center in Washington, D.C. exhibited Al-Andalus; Pardes/Paradise, her paintings and morsels of poetry that celebrate the glorious progeny begat by the co-mingling of Jewish, Christian and Arabic cultures in Andalusia, Spain from 755 to 1492.

    OnCaravan chose her to contribute to the project, Amen a Prayer for the World, for the exhibit at St. John the Divine in New York City, and The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

    Recently she has been creating Icons for the 21st Century, works that record, illuminate, inspire and celebrate holy stories:  the task of the soul in tikkun (repair of the world), the Civil Rights movement, the refugee crisis and the environmental crisis.



About the Artist