I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way… things I had no words for.
-Georgia O’Keeffe

Each of my paintings illustrate ideas I can only articulate with the work of my hands, not the words of my mouth. In the same way an author writes to tell a story and continues until the narrative is told, I paint until I have nothing left to say and then the painting is complete.   I work in series to concentrate my focus to a specific set of ideas.  When I have told all there is to tell within that series, I move onto something else.

The human figure is subject matter I keep coming back to. It is one of the most challenging and fascinating themes for me as an artist.  I am continually amazed by its complexity and beauty.  My figure paintings explore the human form through varied approaches and with different goals in mind. Other paintings are more conceptually driven and reflect my personal views and questions about relational, spiritual and social ideas.

My personal ideas and views have inspired the artwork but my images are open enough for the viewer to create their own interpretation. Every person has a different set of life experiences and looks at my artwork through a different lens. That is part of the magic and mystery of art.   My hope is that my art will meet each person wherever they stand, awaken their curiosity and impact them on both a visual and emotional level.

Shannon Dunn

If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.  -Edward Hopper