I guess you could say that growing up here has influenced my love of the Lowcountry landscape. I was born a raised in Mount Pleasant. I left Charleston when I went off to college (UGA) and then moved to Charlotte for a graphic design job. It was good to leave but I always new that I would come back home to the water. People who are from here say that the water, pluff mud, salt air, etc... it's in your blood. It's truly a part of my soul, so it's hard to stay away for long!
I came back home in 1999 and never left again. When I came back, I took a graphic design job with Gil Shuler Graphic Design and quickly jumped back into my love painting on the side. I helped with the start up of Redux and had a studio there for a couple of years. It was a great way to meet other artists and become a part of the Charleston art community that was quickly growing and becoming more diverse.
Painting a beautiful landscape picture is one thing, but making a viewer feel the landscape is much harder and something I strive for in every piece.
- Shannon Wood
I am always facinated by how much the lowcountry landscape changes from day to day. If I'm driving over the bridge in the morning or out in a boat on the water I mentally photograph these images. I mostly paint from memory (although I love plein air too!) and the feeling I get from being surrounded by these beautiful, vast and ever changing landscapes. I want the viewer to feel as though he or she is experiencing the landscape through my eyes. I try to evoke this by using color and textures such as marsh reeds that I find and sewn into the canvas, or pieces of handmade paper that have grasses embedded in them. By using actual materials from the landscape, I try to give the piece a sense of realness. Sometimes I'll let the paint drip a little so that it feels like water.
One of my favorite artists, Robert Ruaschenberg said "I think a picture is more like the real world when it's made out of the real world." Painting a beautiful picture of a landscape is one thing but making a viewer "feel" the landscape is much harder. I strive for this in every piece of art I create and maybe that's why people gravitate towards it.
I thoroughly enjoy customizing pieces to perfectly fit a unique space. Whether it’s a painting for your home or business, I’m always interested in the opportunity to create commissioned work.Commissions
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I'm proud to be a member of the Charleston Artist Collective, an organization dedicated to providing a platform for local artists. You can view all of my latest, available works at the CAC studio in Mount Pleasant, or view them here.