Shana Levenson – Fine Art


About the Artist

Who I was as a child has shaped who I am as an artist today. Every painting and every idea encompasses nostalgia. All of my inspiration comes from those real world experiences.

Non-traditional portraits painted in traditional ways are my greatest passion. Every one of my subjects makes eye contact with the viewer, in pursuit of a trans-dimensional conveyance of emotion from a life-size canvas to the viewer, focusing on the elements that are most meaningful, in order to best represent their story. With each painting, my goal is to create as much honesty about that individual, allowing to capture the spirit of the person I’m painting. 

I’m currently finishing my master from the Academy of Art University and teach adult classes at the New Mexico Art League as well as kids classes in my studio.  


A Bargain Porsche

A fifteen-year-old came home with a Porsche and his parents began to yell and scream, “Where did you get that car?”
He calmly told them, “I bought it today.”
“With what money!?” demanded his parents. “We know what a Porsche costs.”
“Well,” said the boy, “this one cost me fifteen dollars.”
The parents began to yell even louder. “Who would sell a car like that for fifteen dollars!?” they asked.
“It was the lady up the street,” said the boy. “Don’t know her name — they just moved in. She saw me ride past on my bike and asked me if I wanted to buy a Porsche for fifteen dollars.”


“Oh my goodness!” moaned the mother, “she must be a child abuser. Who knows what she will do next? John, you go right up there and see what’s going on.”
So the boy’s father walked up the street to the house where the lady lived and found her out in the yard calmly planting flowers. He introduced himself as the father of the boy to whom she had sold a Porsche to for fifteen dollars and demanded to know why she did it.
“Well,” she said, “this morning I got a phone call from my husband. I thought he was on a business trip, but I learned from a friend he has run off to Hawaii with his secretary. Then apparently she stole all his money and stranded him there! Well he called me, without a dollar to his name, and asked me to sell his new Porsche and send him the money. So that’s exactly what I did.” 

Germans Opposed to Mass Migration are “Free to Leave”

Asylum seekers from Africa, Asia and the Middle East are continuing to pour into Germany in record numbers, despite freezing temperatures and snow.

More than 180,000 migrants arrived during the first three weeks of November, on track to surpass the previous monthly record of 181,000 migrants recorded in October.

With 300 newcomers now arriving every hour, Germany is expected to receive more than one million asylum seekers in 2015, and at least as many in 2016. After factoring in family reunifications, the actual number of migrants could exceed 10 million, and some believe that Germany’s Muslim population is on track to nearly quadruple to an astonishing 20 million by 2020.

German voters are beginning to wake up to the true cost — financial, social and otherwise — of the migration crisis, but they apparently do not have much say about the future direction of their country. According to Walter Lübcke, the district president of Kassel, a city in state of Hesse, citizens who disagree with the government’s open-door immigration policy are “free to leave Germany.”


Stabbing Their Way to a State

Beyond the Cusp

It seems that the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians can perform with the utmost perfidy and still it will be Israel whom gets blamed by the vast majority of European politicians without any brains. The most promising of European politicians without any brains this week is Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom. Her latest performance which could be titled repeat the same worn out tropes about the Jews did it and they now deserve whatever evils befall them because I would rather be liked at the dinner party circuit at the Hague than stand up for anything which might have the slightest bit of difficulty and do not question me as I was once in sixth grade the Great and Powerful Oz and pay no attention to the anti-Semite in the blue dress, oh, you figured me out, oh well, I will repeat myself once more and hope it works.


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Goodbye, Germany

It was announced today that Germany’s Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeirer said the country would back the European Union’s labeling of products made in “the West Bank, east Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights.” You’ve probably heard of this boycott effort, led by international leftists who hate Jews and hate Israel.

Pathetically, Steinmeirer was quick to add that “Israeli” products (those produced inside the dangerously small Israel proper) would continue to be sold in Europe and, thank you, Frank-Walter, those products will get “preferential market access.”

How kind.

Further, the German Foreign Ministry said “there will not be an Israel boycott in Germany.”

As if this parsing suffices. The bottom line is that Steinmeirer has perhaps forgotten a little historical footnote called the Holocaust, in which, among other things, Jews within the Reich were first imperiled through economic boycotts. Signs were put up in the shops of Jewish owners, warning German citizens not to do business there.

We know what happened after that.


Morning Briefing – The Telegraph

Good morning.

Donald Trump has dominated the headlines this week after calling on Monday for Muslims to be banned from entering the United States in response to recent terror attacks, with the tycoon coming up as an issue at Prime Minister’s Questions, and 500,000 people signing a petition to ban him from Britain. However, polls suggest that the Republican presidential contender’s remarks haven’t sunk his electoral prospects, with Bloomberg finding that 64% of likely Republican voters agreed with him. A poll on Monday night showed that Trump had slipped behind Ted Cruz in Iowa, the first state in the nation that gets to pass judgement on the prospective presidential candidates, coming in at 19% (behind Cruz’s 24%), which risked leading to the perception rising that his campaign was flagging, but he has set the news agenda this week, with Hilary Clinton and British politicians having to react to him. Trump’s rhetoric on Muslims may have alienated many voters, but he will be pleased to have energised his potential supporters.

Republican rivals have not pulled their punches in response, with Jeb Bush calling Trump “unhinged”, and Lindsey Graham describing his remarks as “downright dangerous”. Fellow candidate Ben Carson, until recently a frontrunner, has written in today’s paper with a more thoughtful take, looking at why Trump would make such provocative comments about Muslims. Drawing on his experience as a former neurosurgeon (a role he is so celebrated for that he was mentioned on The Wire), Carson considers how two seemingly contradictory thoughts about Muslims, wanting a ban on them coming to America while praising Muslim friends, can exist in Trump’s brain. He argues that Trump is “merely voicing a widespread sentiment among people who feel that they have no rational way of separating friend from foe”. “We should not seek to suppress the instincts of fear that Donald Trump and so many others feel when seeing a person who appears to be a Muslim. As we know, fear can often be a gift,” he goes on. “But we have to acknowledge our biases and create safe spaces to speak about them openly. That is what is so dangerous about political correctness – it prevents us from having open and frank discussions. At the same time, once everything is out on the table, we have to sit back with our deliberative brains and sort out the real risks and opportunities before us.”

Trump has shown himself to be a master of seizing the news agenda, but does he have a plan beyond that? Back in 2000, he poured scorn on conservative pundit Pat Buchanan when he was sought the presidency, saying he had been “guilty of many egregious examples of intolerance”, such as criticising Mexicans. The tycoon, who later infamously accused the Mexican government of “sending rapists, drug dealers, and criminals across the border”, finished up by declaring that Buchanan has “written too many inflammatory, outrageous, and controversial things to ever be elected president”. Will this apply to him too?

“We should not seek to suppress the instincts of fear that Donald Trump and so many others feel when seeing a person who appears to be a Muslim.” Ben Carson

Cameron Decides Not To Decide
David Cameron has provoked a furious reaction from business leaders who have accused him of being “gutless”, after he put off a decision on whether to expand Heathrow until the Summer. “Boris Johnson once described the Government’s agonising over how to expand London’s airport capacity as “ditherama” and nothing has changed,” we say.

Blair Grilled By MPs On Libya
Tony Blair will be accused of allowing a trade-off between UK business interests in Libya and justice for IRA victims and families of Yvonne Fletcher when Britain restored trade links with Col Muammar Gaddafi’s regime a decade ago. The former Labour Prime Minister will be pressed by MPs in public for the first time about whether the Government agreed to not to press for British victims of Gaddafi’s regime in return for trade deals, after the Gaddafi regime renounced terrorism in 2003.

Prisoners Vote Progress
David Cameron is on the verge of a landmark victory over controversial moves to give prisoners the vote, after European ministers kicked the issue into the long grass in the face of fierce British opposition. Fraser Nelson, however, warns the Prime Minister against thinking “that Britain can save the continent”. “Several prime ministers have succumbed to this fantasy over the years, and have bargained away various parcels of British sovereignty in the hope of buying more influence in Brussels,” he writes in today’s paper.

Corbyn Urged To Shun ‘Communists’
Jeremy Corbyn must distance himself from the “communists” in Stop the War and tell them to end their “intimidation, abuse” and plots to deselect moderate Labour MPs, a senior member of the shadow cabinet has said. Meanwhile, video footage has emerged of a co-founder of Stop the War coalition, John Rees, declaring that he is a “supporter” of Hizbollah and Hamas. “It’s also been our policy that resistance is a legitimate part of the movement,” he said.

Corbyn And The Conman
Jeremy Corbyn intervened to secure bail for a con artist accused of stealing money from pensioners in order to raise funds for Isil jihadists in Syria. The Labour leader wrote a letter to magistrates in May in a bid to help Mohamed Dahir, 23 secure bail.

Westminster Bake Off
Samantha Cameron is to don an apron and make her reality television show debut in a charity version of The Great British Bake Off. Mrs Cameron will not be the only Westminster representative on the show. Ed Balls, the former shadow chancellor, and a budding amateur chef, will also take part, although the two will not go head to head.

Corbyn Sings Happy Birthday
Jeremy Corbyn has reduced a flood victim in Cumbria to tears by singing her Happy Birthday. The Labour leader took time out of his visit to Cockermouth to sing to actress Liz Fitton, whose 65th was ruined after her home filled with water in Storm Desmond.

Obesity Terror Warning
Obesity poses such a threat to the country that it should be treated as a “national risk” alongside terrorism, the country’s most senior doctor has warned. Meanwhile, patient safety is being put at risk because of a shortage of inspectors at the care watchdog and a failure to respond quickly enough to warnings that vulnerable people are at risk, MPs have suggested.

Clarissa Explains It All
Melissa Joan Hart has been speaking to Radihka Sanghani about her political views, explaining how she squares being a Republican with being a feminist. “I just feel it’s a conservative movement and I prefer moving slowly in political decisions,” the Sabrina the Teenage Witch actress said. “I feel personally the Government shouldn’t be involved in anything we do – it should be a personal choice. Unfortunately with women’s issues that’s the one place the Republicans feel they should be involved.”

Swedish Meatballs

99999According to the Times of Israel:

Swedish PM: Stabbing attacks in Israel not terrorism.

“No, it is not classified as [terrorism],” Lofven said in an interview to the Swedish news agency TT. “There is an international classification regarding what constitutes or does not constitute [terror]. As far as I know, the [knife attacks in Israel] are not defined as terror.”

Later in the day, Lofven contacted TT again to clarify his message, fearing what he called a “misunderstanding.”

“I meant that it was unclear if the knife attacks are organized by a group classified as a terrorist organization,” Lofven told the agency. “Nonetheless, the attacks themselves do constitute terror.”

Ties between Israel and Sweden have soured in recent weeks following a series of comments by Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom criticizing Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and suggesting a link between the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the terrorist attacks in Paris last month, claimed by the Islamic State.

Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallstrom gives a statement to media on the Paris terrorist attacks, Stockholm, Sweden, November 14, 2015. (AFP/ TT NEWS AGENCY / HENRIK MONTGOMERY)

Last week, Wallstrom said that Israel was conducting “extrajudicial executions” of Palestinian stabbers, calling the Israeli response to the terrorist attacks “disproportionate.”

Israel has suffered near-daily stabbing attacks by Palestinians in recent months, part of an ongoing wave of violence.


Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973

Five police officers claim Donald Trump is RIGHT about parts of London being so ‘radicalised’ they are no-go areas

A British policeman has hit back at the UK political establishment’s trashing of U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments about policing in the United Kingdom, stating that there are some areas in the country where cops have to ask permission from local Muslim leaders in order to patrols.

Earlier this week, Mr. Trump claimed there are areas of the UK “so radicalised the police are afraid for their lives” – a statement initially mocked by the British Prime Minister, the Mayor of London, and even the supposedly apolitical Metropolitan Police of London.

But Breitbart London soon confirmed with London police that the comments were more or less accurate, with one long-serving policeman saying: “When I was a teenage lad in [B]urnley there were no go white areas. This IS the case still nationally… including London where you have to have extra vigilance in certain parts when you are working”.

Now the Daily Mail has reported that a Lancashire Police officer has said: “There are Muslim areas of Preston that, if we wish to patrol, we have to contact local Muslim community leaders to get their permission”.

Another officer from Yorkshire in the North of England, wrote on an online Police web forum: “I’m not allowed to travel in half blues [uniform] to work anymore IN MY OWN CAR as we’re “All at risk of attack” – yet as soon as someone points out the obvious it’s ‘divisive.’”