As a contemporary landscape painter, my work is a conscious play of mood, light and color, but
as a naturalist raised and rooted in the diverse landscapes of western America, a painting means more than
that to me. Each location is an encounter with the land, the trees, and the waters that have always given
me a sense of connection and order. When a location intrigues and inspires me, I will paint the scene into
a series using a range of keys or themes, experimenting and searching to learn more about the natural
threads that tie the landscape together with complexity, subtlety and⎯more importantly⎯balance. I look
for new ways to express spatial relationships and distance with layers of paint, brushwork, gradations, and
diffusions of light. Hopefully, my study of the landscape will bring me somewhat closer to an honest
translation⎯of both soul and land⎯as I push color and value into new compositions and continue a lifelong
effort to communicate the emotional connection I feel with my environment.
You can learn more about Shanna by visiting her website or finding her on Instagram.