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Silhouettes & Such


Shanlie Whittington, owner and operator of Silhouettes & Such, is a self-taught, freehand silhouette artist, working in traditional 18th century style. When creating a portrait, her artistic eye and steady hand enable her to cut an intricate likeness of her sitter’s profile within just a few minutes, using only scissors and paper. No tracing, drawing ahead of time or digital alterations are involved in her work.

Shanlie has been creating silhouettes for clients for 13 years.

In addition to making her portraits available to customers worldwide through the Silhouettes & Such online shop, she travels extensively, cutting silhouettes in-person, during public and private events, and presenting educational programming on the history of silhouette portraiture.

Past partners include: The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, Alabama Public Television, The Sam Houston Memorial Museum, The Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, The Walter Anderson Museum of Art, The University of Southern Mississippi, Fort Toulouse, Historic Brattonsville, The 1616 House, Ft. Loudon, and many more.

Shanlie is a member of The Mobile Arts Council, ALHFAM and The Guild of American Papercutters. She has been awarded inclusion as a Master Craftsperson in the Directory of Traditional American Crafts, juried and published by Early American Life Magazine. In 2022 she held her first solo exhibition of original work, titled Profiles: Great Ladies of the American South. The collection featured 20 original cut paper silhouettes of inspiring women, ranging in size, from 3 inches to 3 feet. 

Shanlie was born and raised in the Tampa Bay Area of Florida.

She lives in Mobile, Alabama, USA, with her husband and children.

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