Shannon began carving in 1986. Although painting had been Shannon's passion for many years the moment she touched stone she felt an instant affinity and she knew this was her natural medium. Shannon selects stone to which she feels an immediate connection. Preferring not to impose an idea into the piece, but rather open up and let the stone speak to her, thus the sculpture becomes a form of synchronicity.
Shannon's relationship with form and space probably began in her native Wisconsin when she worked at the Wingspread Foundation, a Johnson Wax Company housed in a Frank Lloyd Wright building. After moving to California she worked as TV. Production Assistant for ABC and the Rand Corp. Shannon also spent 14 years at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law as support staff.
Shannon is a full time sculptor and has exhibited in many galleries, art festivals and also in the 1994 Street of Dreams Show Home “The Empress.”
For the last six years Shannon has donated a sculpture to the Crystal Gala Fundraiser for Cancer Research, Abbotsford, B.C. Also to many local charities and auction fundraisers.
1984 - 1989 Numerous Continuing Education and night school courses while working full time for the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia. These courses were in painting (acrylic and oil), drawing, watercolor, Japanese woodcut, clay and stone sculpture. Also, in this period, Shannon attended several years of independent workshops given by various teachers from the University of British Columbia.
Present And Past Galleries And Show History
November 1998 - 2002 Penthouse Show, Town Centre Tower, Abbotsford, BC
May 2005 & May 2008 Penthouse Show, Town Centre Tower, Abbotsford, BC
Canwest Gallery - Harrison, BC
Claim To Frame Gallery - Mission, BC
The West Wind Art Gallery - Langley, BC
Art-Concept Gallery - South Surrey, BC
Peninsula Gallery - Sidney, BC
Whistler Art Galleries - Whistler, BC
The Plaza Galleries - Whistler, BC
Images For A Canadian Heritage - Vancouver, BC
Marshall Clark Galleries - Tsawwassen, BC
Image West Gallery - Vancouver, BC
The Gallery - Harrison Hot Springs, BC
Morgan Dawne Gallery Ltd - North Vancouver
Mind & Matter Gallery - White Rock BC
Van Dop Gallery - New Westminster, BC
Cherish II Gallery - Harrison Hot Springs, BC
Jenkin Showler - White Rock, BC
Portfolio West - Vancouver, BC
Sergio Bustamante - Vancouver, BC
1995 - Street of Dreams - "The Empress" - Westwood Plateau, Coquitlam, BC
One half-hour TV Interview on the program "Contact."
Mountain Haven Arts - Taught a three day workshop, September 2003 & June 2005
Shannon's work can be found in private and corporate collections across Canada and the United States, as well as: Holland, Malaysia, Japan, Italy, France, Thailand, Germany, Communist China, Morocco, Mexico, and on a 110 foot yacht built by West Bay Sonship Yachts in Delta, British Columbia.