Shannon Fennell's Blog

My life, art, travel, make-up, cooking and the occasional rant!

Art is my life

I am an artist in many mediums. Make-up Artistry has been my profession for the last two plus decades, but I also 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.


Done in Grade 5 – I was 10

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.

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Crown built for the Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, 2017

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.

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Brian, done only using words – all the lines are actually words, 2018

I’m very fortunate to now be in a position to go to college to study fine art and design 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. My plan is to continue on to complete a Fine Arts degree.

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Serpopard – polymer clay sculpture done in 3D Studio class, April 2018.

I blog about my art often – those posts are listed below:

Leapin’ Lizards… It is Leap Year!

And just like that, January is over.

New year, new semester, new challenges

Birds, and feathers

Gallery Show and a prize

Animal & Pet Portraits

May Day

I’m not always a stubborn Luddite

Final Project for Contemporary Drawing

Last week of this semester!

Latest work – “Under Threat”



My first project for Contemporary Drawing class

Year One – Done!

Art – projects on the go

Works in Progress

Hey, it is Inktober

Making a Serpopard

End of term is looming

Midterm Marks are in… Mom would have been proud.

I’m officially a starving art student… well, not really starving but…

I’m going back to school!

Halloween Fun with the kids

30 Paintings in 30 Days

I’ve discovered Copic Markers

A new venture – Name Art

My life in art

Cretaceous Park – Grande Prairie 66 million years B.C.

My other art

I have a a website that features all of my creative services at, and social media presence on Facebook at Shannon Fennell Art, on Instagram at @shannonfennellartist and on Twitter at @ShannonFaceArt. Check them out and Like and Follow! I’ve also got links in the sidebar as well.