Shannon Gardner

Shannon appreciates the spontaneous process of nature and strives to explore Earth's unfound beauty and imitate its natural imperfections. Her serendipitous approach to watercolor and ink creates a profound contrasting aura with her illustrations. "My best work happens when I'm not looking."

David - Watercolor and ink on paper 11 x 14 in. (28 x 35.5 cm)

Shannon's interest in the macabre began while studying nature and the paranormal. The ethereal mood of her work reaches the extreme and addresses the taboo. Through her process, she explores natural and organic techniques used to imitate nature and discover Earth's imperfect beauty. She attempts to disassociate hand from consciousness and work directly from instinct. Shannon’s use of watercolor, ink, line and dot work assists the viewer to observe the Asian aesthetic Wabi Sabi, appreciation of imperfections.

Flower Girl - Watercolor and ink on paper 5 x 7 in. (13 x 18 cm)
Space Kid - Watercolor and ink on paper 3.5 x 4 in. (9 x 10 cm)
All Star - Watercolor and ink on paper 11 x 11 in. (28 x 28 cm)
The Arm - Watercolor and ink on paper 9 x 12 in. (23 x 30.4 cm)

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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