Shannon McWhinney

Painter, Coloured Pencil Artist, Printmaker

Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada

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Shannon McWhinney is an artist based in Ucluelet, along B.C.'s western shoreline. She has a deep connection to the west coast and takes endless inspiration from the wildlife and environment that she encounters every day - it's energy, characters and stories.

Story is central to Shannon's work; she captures moments that bring the land and its animal inhabitants to life. Shannon's paintings are mainly acrylic on canvas, but she also created artworks that combine acrylics, oils and other mediums. Her artworks are rich in harmonious colours and rhythmic lines that add a beautifully fluid and illustrative quality to her work.

Most of Shannon's paintings begin as photos taken during encounters with local wildlife while out on walks, kayaking or paddle boarding. Shannon then uses these photos to draw out the energy and emotions of that encounter to paint.

Most recently, Shannon has been drawn to watery reflections, distortions, and expressive moments she captures of her subjects, the local wildlife.

She is represented by Reflecting Spirit Gallery, in Ucluelet B.C. and has exhibited her work in the Okanagan, Ucluelet and Tofino. She holds a BFA and B.Ed. and has been teaching art for over twenty years.