Since moving to Carmel Highlands, California in 2007 and becoming fascinated by the Hereford cattle of El Sur Ranch, Daria Shachmut has focused on portraits conveying each animal’s temperament through its body gestures and in the unique light conditions of Big Sur. “I love these cattle; no two look alike and each one has a unique personality.”
Shachmut’s work has been shown in prestigious museums including the Corning Museum, corning, New York, the Minnesota Museum of American Art and is in the collection of the Oakland Museum. Her work was featured in a half hour television program, Portfolios, by KQED.
Exhibitions and awards include Award of Merit in the 2011 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition hosted by Lee Youngman Galleries, Calistoga, California, the American Impressionist Society National Exhibition, Carmel, California, 2011, Honorable Mention, Portrait Society of America, Members Only Competition, 2011.