I am an artist in many media. Make-up Artistry was my profession for over two decades, and I create in a variety of other ways.
Since I can remember I have been an artist. I still have some drawings that I did when I was around 5 years old as my mother kept them stored. My paternal grandmother was very accomplished artist, mainly in pastels that I remember. She always gave me art supplies for birthday presents.
I greatly enjoyed art in high school, but in those days to get a job and earn a living you didn’t study art. So I pursued other options. I never stopped creating; I just did it informally. I took workshops in different areas constantly – oil painting, pottery, fused glass, sculpting, water colours, etc. I never stopped learning and I never stopped enjoying the process.
Designing and constructing costumes and props for theatre and wearable art shows has been a great way to incorporate a lot of my skills and stretch myself to figure out how to make things work the way I want them to.
Over the last several years I’ve been diligently doing art – practicing daily. And I’ve notice a lot of improvement in my techniques and abilities. Taking part in online challenges is a great motivator and an opportunity to try things I’ve never done before.
I was very fortunate to be in a position to be able to return to school to study art full-time. More things to learn and create! I find with my life experiences that I have a better grasp of the work process and how to manage my time to optimize my output.
I received a Diploma in Fine Arts – Advanced, with Honours (College Honour Roll, President’s Honour Roll) from Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology in Oshawa, Ontario in 2021, and received unconditional offers for both a BA (Hons) Fine Art and an MA Fine Art. I started my MA Fine Art at the University of Plymouth in England in September 2022.
I created a blog for my Fine Art Diploma thesis project called Anthropocene of the Crime. As we only could present it virtually (due to the Covid Pandemic) I felt I needed to showcase it this way – it was meant to be closely viewed and read, so I hope this will enable viewers to understand what I was presenting.
I am currently working full-time with fused glass at Serendipity Glass Design with my friend. Anne Freeman. I am fully committed to this media having invested in my own kiln! I loved the process of creating something out of small bits of scrap glass to create mosaics.
Serpopard – polymer clay sculpture done in 3D Studio class, April 2018.
I blog about my art often – those posts are listed below:
I have a a website that features all of my creative services at ShannonFennell.com, and social media presence on Facebook at Shannon Fennell Artist, YouTube at Shannon Fennell Artist and on Instagram at @shannonfennellartist. Check them out and Like and Follow! I’ve also got links in the sidebar as well.