Shannon Fody first started to pursue a career in the arts after moving to Birmingham, Michigan where she attended courses at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC). It was there that she would meet one of her greatest influences and life long mentor, Vianna Szabo.
Upon meeting at the BBAC, Shannon began to study privately under Szabo at her private studio in Romeo, Michigan. Through these private sessions Shannon gained a strong foundation in drawing as well as developed a concept of simplifying through abstraction. Shannon learned that through abstracting complex ideas of light and shadow into clearly delineated shapes, informed by her knowledge as a draftsman, she could create images that are both expressive and representational.
It would also be through her mentor that Shannon would learn about the Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) in Laguna Beach, California, a school known for their roots in traditional practices. Shannon began her studies at LCAD in 2013 and has since graduated with a degree in Drawing & Painting.
She hopes to use her classical training in the arts to create work that is energetic, graphic, and accessible. Shannon believes that artists should interpret, not replicate the world around them and creates her work through the idea that less is more.
2013 - 2017 B.F.A., Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD), Laguna Beach, CA
2018 2-Day Portrait Painting Workshop with Sean Cheetham, Covina, CA
2017 3-Day Figure Painting Workshop with Joseph Todorovitch, Pomona, CA
2016 10-Week Painting Intensive with Vadim Zanginian, Los Angeles, CA
2019 Similitude, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnatti, OH
2018 Freestyle, Q Art Salon, Santa Ana, CA
2017 Meet the Artist Event, SCAPE Gallery, Corona Del Mar, CA
2017 All Media 2017 Juried Exhibition, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA
2017 Working Title, 3rd Street Art Studio, Long Beach, CA
2017 Solo Exhibition, B Minus Studios, Santa Ana, CA
2017 BFA Fine Arts Exhibition, LCAD Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2016 Critters & Peeps, Q Art Salon, Santa Ana, CA
2016 LCAD Small Works Exhibition, LCAD Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2016 Out in Open Air, B Minus Studios, Santa Ana, CA
2016 #Instalarity, Q Art Salon, Santa Ana, CA
2016 Summer Student Exhibition, LCAD Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2013 Scholastics Art Competition, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
HONORS AND AWARDS
2013 Best of Show, Scholastics Art Competition, Detroit, MI
2013 Gold Key Portfolio, Scholastics Art Competition, Detroit, MI