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 Fall of 2022 for both a BA (Hons) Fine Art in Ireland and an MA Fine Art in England.
I created a blog for my Fine Art thesis project called Anthropocene of the Crime. As we only could present it virtually 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.
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, 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.