We’re excited to introduce you to California-based abstract artist Shannon Evans. Her abstract art is intuitive, bold and colorful. Check out the interview below to get to know Shannon and to see more of her artwork.
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Pasadena Artist Shannon Evans
How would you describe your artistic style?
I would describe my artistic style as intuitive abstract landscapes that are influenced by the art movements of abstract expressionism and impressionism.
What’s the main inspiration for your art?
The main inspiration for my art is nature. 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.
What is the biggest goal you try to achieve with your art?
The biggest goal that I am trying to achieve with my art is to being full supported by my paintings. I am currently a full-time artist that is also been one of my biggest goals so to continue to keep that going.
What’s your favorite thing about being an abstract artist?
My favorite thing about being an abstract artist is the freedom it gives me. I use painting to help me center myself and work through complicated emotions and things that are going on in my day-to-day life. With figurative work, having both perspective and propositions to deal with maybe the process of creating work a lot less enjoyable. But with abstract, I can just focus on the emotions and the composition.
Why abstract art and not other mediums? Have you always created abstract art or did you start out creating other styles?
I started out as a figurative artist. Growing up I was really into anime and would draw in that style and got progressively more realistic. It wasn’t until college that I started painting abstract and I’ve been hooked ever since.
What’s one thing people might not know about you and/or your art journey so far?
One thing people might not know about e and my art journey is that I almost quit art and changed my major in college. I was filled with so much self doubt and worry that going after art wasn’t a “smart” thing to do. I sat with this choice for a long time and decided that it didn’t matter how hard it was going to be, art is what I was born to do.
Did you always know you’d be an artist or how has your art journey progressed?
I’ve always wanted to be an artist. I’ve been creating for as long as I can remember and at only 12 years old I full committed to pursuing art. Being a full-time artist is all I’ve ever wanted to do.
In your opinion, what’s the most important personal characteristic needed to embark on a career as an artist?
The most important characteristic needed to embark on a career as an artist is a strong backbone. It’s not for the faint of heart let me tell you. You have to really get comfortable with rejection and be okay with people not liking/understanding your work.
What advice would you give up and coming abstract artists?
My advice would be to not give up and always make work for you. Never make work because you think people will like it. There are people out there that will love your work so you want to make sure that you love your work as well.
Do you have any favourite podcasts or books that you love and that have contributed to your journey as an artist?
The book “Art & Fear” by David Bayles and Ted Orland legitimately changed my life. I recommend that every artist reads it.
What’s your most fulfilling and enjoyable experience as an artist so far?
The most fulfilling and enjoyable experience as an artist so far is finding people that genuinely love my work. It’s an amazing feeling.
Where do you see yourself and your art in 5 years?
I see myself with a wonderful art practice, making paintings that I’m really proud of. And I would love to have a solo show! That’s a big goal of mine.