Shannon Crandall: Reach Out and Touch Art

Shannon Crandall, a Syracuse native and mixed media painter, will be exhibiting her work at the Canandaigua Art and Music Festival for the first time this July. We asked her to share a bit about herself and her work, and what festival goers can expect to see from her booth this year.

Shannon tells us that she knew art was her calling as early as Kindergarten when she began finger painting.  She tells how throughout her life she has loved to focus on creative pursuits like photography, cooking, painting, sewing, jewelry and “anything I could mold and make into my own creation.”  Although she has taken some art classes in the past, she still considers herself to be largely self-taught.

Now she has moved far beyond finger painting and focuses heavily on mixed media paintings that aim to capture the essence and experience of life.  Susan describers herself as a mixed media artist who works intuitively, creating art from recycled paper, paint and texture mediums.  She believes that the positive encouragement and feedback from friends, family, and patrons alike has helped her to grow as an artist.

 “I was encouraged by family members and felt joy by others’ reactions to my creations. This has been my inspiration to continue to create… seeing the happiness my creations bring to others.”

When asked about her art style, Shannon replies that her style is as diverse as her art reflects.  She tries to capture many facets of life, and says that each of her experiences “will eventually be translated into a creation.”  You can see these creations at the upcoming Canandaigua Art and Music Festival, where she will be selling her work.

“Attendees should expect to see my very colorful vibrant one of a kind mixed media collaged art.  It evokes the inner child and has so much texture sometimes you just want to reach out and touch it.

You can read more about Shannon and view her work at her website, and view the pieces available for purchase at her Etsy shop.