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 schooling at LCAD upon being accepted in 2013 and is currently working towards her BFA degree in the Drawing and Painting track.

Shannon hopes to use her classical training in the arts to create work that is energetic, graphic, and accessible. She 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                          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


2013                           Best of Show, Scholastics Art Competition, Detroit, MI

2013                           Gold Key Portfolio, Scholastics Art Competition, Detroit, MI


Mr. Andrew Pryka                              Birmingham, MI

Mr. and Mrs. Censoni                         Birmingham, MI         

Mr. and Mrs. McCarthy                      Bloomfield Hills, MI 

Mr. Julio Labra                                    Laguna Beach, CA