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:
Life does have its twists and turns
What I’ve been up to for school
Heading into Jubilee Celebrations
Our second fundraiser for Ukraine
21 Days and One Year (of the Pandemic)
It’s New Year’s Eve; Day 298 (of the Pandemic)
Leapin’ Lizards… It is Leap Year!
And just like that, January is over.
New year, new semester, new challenges
I’m not always a stubborn Luddite
Final Project for Contemporary Drawing
My first project for Contemporary Drawing class
Midterm Marks are in… Mom would have been proud.
I’m officially a starving art student… well, not really starving but…
Cretaceous Park – Grande Prairie 66 million years B.C.
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.
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