Sanctuary, 1981

Shani Marchant
(American, born 1947)

Location: Speaker Laurie Jinkins' Office, Olympia


Sanctuary is a richly detailed and vibrant oil painting, created by artist Shani Marchant. The composition is filled with energetic letters and words, as well as birds, insects, a snake, and plants and flowers. We can see in the background that this "safe space" is enclosed by walls.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Central Valley School District.


Shani Marchant is a Spokane, Washington-based artist who creates expressive paintings and drawings that explore both figuration and abstraction.
Marchant received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Fort George Wright College (currently Spokane Falls Community College) in Spokane. She continued her studies in New York City at the Art Students League and Hunter College. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Marchant has taught art at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and at Spokane Falls Community College.

Material CategoryPainting - paint on fabric
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensions42 1/8 in x 63 in x 2 1/4 in (stretcher)
ID NumberWSAC1983.019.000
Acquisition MethodDirect purchase
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyWashington State House
Artwork LocationSpeaker Laurie Jinkins' Office
Washington State House Majority Leadership suite
WA CountyThurston
Site TypeState Agency
Address339A Legislative Building, Capitol Campus
Olympia, WA 98504
Geo. Coordinates47.035728 | -122.904804
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