Shannon Evans


66” x 66”

Oil On Canvas

About The Artist

Abstraction allows me, as an artist, to interpret the world around me and place myself within the work. Using oil paint, I explore expressive, gestural mark making with referencesto the natural landscape. My paintings are influenced by daily walks I take;I use the imagery from my memories to imbue the work with layers of nostalgic feeling and whispers of nature. By breaking down and abstracting these references to the natural landscape, the brushwork comes to the forefront of the painting. The juxtaposition and layering of advancing and receding positive and negative expressive brushwork form anabstracted landscape: a sense of place, a moment in time. By building up these multiple layers, the work transforms into a mosaic record of my life: feelings, memories, emotions.

About The Artwork

I was looking at a lot of Chinese landscape paintings when I was painting this piece. I was inspired by pieces from the Qing Dynasty, especially Cloudy Mountains (1684) by Fa Ruozhen. This was also my first time using a fully dark color palette as well as using metallic oil paint.