Hi. I’m the artist – a native Atlantan – a southerner through and through. Like every creative being, I ride the cycles of productive phases and mind blocks. Travel inspires me, music moves me and color makes me happy.
In between my day job of Marketing, taking care of my family, playing music with friends, and working out, I paint, draw and sketch. Experimenting with color and technique are in my true comfort zone.
Many of my paintings explore familiar animals of the rural regions of Georgia where my family still lives. Much of my inspiration comes from my parents’ carefully restored Dawsonville farm, a treasure of rolling fields and restored original log buildings dating back five generations in the Stowers family. For my larger I create heavily layered acrylics to convey my message. I like to paint animal portraits in a flowing style, and capture the comfort of ‘everyday animals.’
Some of my paintings explore the vibrant people and city life of my hometown, Atlanta. Future work will focus on the musicians in my life, as well as the historical buildings in our city.
In 1989, I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of West Georgia. I developed strong interests in the connections between painting and photography, as well as both architectural and interior design. I studied art history and photography in Cortona, Italy; an experience I’ll never forget and still carry with me every day. Traveling afterwards throughout Italy and Southern Europe, my work focused on the personal life surrounding the small villages in the region.
I’ve had many major influences; artists Richard McDaniel, Daniel Greene and Sally Strand with whom I studied at Scottsdale Arizona’s Artist School. Portrait artist Suzanne Renton also helped me develop a style of portraiture that extends my love of photographic composition to that of the world of drawing. I owe a lot to those first professors in college that led me down the beginning phase of my artistic endeavors; Sonja Olinger, Henry Setter and Bruce Bobick. Most importantly, however, is the fact that I grew up with an artistic mother, who was also encouraged by an artistic mother. So, it runs in the family. Oil paints, turpentine, paint brushes, sketch books and art shows have been a part of my life since I can remember.
My work can be found in many homes and galleries around Atlanta and the South.
Shannon at work in her studio