About the Artist
Shannon’s paintings are inspired by the landscape she sees everyday near her suburban Minnesota home. Downed trees, stagnant pools, and tangles of brush and vine invite close-up and more distant exploration. This parallels her experience of these views as places to move into, around, over, and under. She renders these subjects using overlapping imagery, expressive color, repeating pattern, and abstracted form as a metaphor for a subjective and ever-changing perception of reality. Shadow, light, and pattern obstruct or complicate a descriptive understanding of these places. Instead the paintings offer a psychological interpretation of each site, and a delight in the capacity of paint to recreate a sensory and imaginative experience.
In 2017, Shannon received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. The paintings that she is exhibiting in Landscape: Natural Fit, Imagined Prospects were supported by this award which was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.