Expressionist oil paintings exuberant with brilliant colour in their portrayal of women and animals are Millie Shapiro's expertise.
Like the paintings of James Weeks, with whom Shapiro studied in the late 70's at the San Francisco Art Institute, the influence of European modernists such as Henri Matisse are prevalent. Weeks admired Shapiro's work, and claimed her talent was among the best he had seen as a teacher. Her life is a testament to her paintings, which are supremely confident and vibrant expressions - zany, passionate, beautiful, wild. Art is the dance you do with life, says Millie.