Shano studied Art History at California State University of Northridge and University of Utah, as well as a year of Fashion Illustration at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Sherman Oaks, California. (Which greatly influences her style of painting)
Other influences are: Tamara de Lempicka, Amedeo Modgliani, Gustav Klimt, Franz Marc, and Marc Chagal, Erte, as well as fashion illustrators of past and present.
Shano was raised in Alpena, Michigan and moved to Southern California at age 14. After graduating high school she became a self-proclaimed gypsy living in Santa Barbara, Sherman Oaks, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Antelope Valley, Palm Springs, Park City Utah, and Salt Lake City Utah, and on to the Seattle area where she now lives on Camano Island, Washington.
Shano currently lives on a small ranch with her three horses, MANY collie dogs, two indoor cats, one barn cat that spends more time inside than out, and two yorkie dogs that travel in a purse. Favorites are the color red, sparkly things, autumn, and red wine. When she's not in the studio she can be found cuddling creatures and humans or reading a good book.