Shannon Christensen has experienced her share of these words while raising 8 children, being married 28 years, and returning to college at the age of 38 to receive a BFA degree. She also knows, whether in California, Utah, or Missouri, that she is not alone in this knowledge. Those nouns and verbs are universally felt.
Adversity. How is it explained? How is it understood? How is it seen? Christensen is drawn to that mental challenge. By conceptually connecting those intangible ideas with observable objects she conceals meaning while maintaining adept artistry. Using allegory, analogy, and symbolism Christensen has had success in sharing her visual voice with public and private collectors and commissioned pieces as well as award winning artwork.
Christensen feels "there is a misconception about attributing meaning to artistic content. In my experience with collectors, defining my artwork doesn't constrict the viewer any more than a composer marking fortissimo or pianissimo on her music hinders a conductor. Viewers find delight in the intended meanings without feeling inhibited from their own interpretations." Quite the contrary, unveiling Christensen's descriptions is an invitation to dialog. That collaborative conversation further expands the meaning for audience and artist alike.
Creating portraits and still-lifes is an isolating activity. But Christensen seeks interaction with others. Whether speaking about her artwork to a roomful of international delegates at a banquet, teaching aspiring artists or executives in corporate retreats at Sundance Resort, interacting with editors about a feature article of her work inWestern Art Collector, or even being filmed in her studio for the HGTVRate My Space television show she finds these outstanding opportunities vital to connecting with individuals. Following her personal mantra, "Observe Broadly, Think Deeply, Express Convincingly," Christensen sees these as occasions to influence and inform her perspective and lend authority to future work.
In viewing Christensen's work the beauty is striking on its surface but it's knowing that there's something more - the exposure of ideas like adversity, insight, hope, and healing. The discovery of Shannon's stories, symbols, and secrets.
10 Reasons I Paint drive to be creative desire to express it develop more skill deepen my experience direction for my thoughts discourse with the public define me as an artist dreams to be fulfilled delights me 9 Contemporary Models R Liberace (drawn figure) Kadir N (character) D Adel (beauty in ordinary) M Deas (portraiture) J Collins (chiaroscuro) M Weistling (period passion) M Deas (portraits) David Linn (monochromatic) B Kunkle (silver/gold leaf) 8 Kids in My Life leila, alisha, logan, jessie, reece, wade, samantha, cassandra 7 Step Creative Process contemplation consciousness conception cultivation construction conviction commentary 6 Old Masters Inspire Me DiVinci Alma-Tadema Bloch Bonheur Vigee-LeBrun Bouguereau 5 Years (about) To graduate with a BFA from BYU 4 Mediums I Use Well oil, acrylic, gouache, pencil 3 States I've Lived In California, Utah, Missouri 2 People The Boyfriend & I 1 TV Show I've Been On HGTV Rate My Space for my studio space