Shannon Abbey

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest where we spent a lot of our time outdoors. My dad was an avid fisherman and rowing coach so we were on lakes and rivers on all of our vacations. Wildlife and wild places are what most of my work is about now.

Simplicity, the beauty of the every day
I want people to see the beauty of animals so that they will help to preserve the natural world. They are indicators of what’s happening to the environment on our planet.
I now live in Sonoma County California and am a full time painter. I was on the faculty at the Academy of Art University and California College of Art, both in San Francisco.
The other animals we are living here with are so lovely; the shine of scales and feathers, sharp against soft, translucent and opaque.
I enjoy the accident of a dribble, or of stuttering line of drying paint. Everyday objects become abstracted forms with vibrant color, line, shape and texture, always going back to the drawing. It’s taken a long time for me to let a jerked or stuttered line stay.

My influences are the masters through out the history of painting and drawing. Especially the ones who let me see what went on, who show a little drawing, let the texture remain. Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud, Frank Duveneck, John Singer Sargent.

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