Shannon Ford at Mountain Galleries Opening Reception: Thursday, February 14, 2019 fairmont chateau whistler

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The Artist: Shannon Ford

Having spent most of her life on farms, and now amounting to over 40 years as a horse owner, Shannon's paintings are informed by her own encounters with animals. It is apparent through her intuitive brushwork that the subjects she paints are not only studies, but known companions.

Shannon was born in Regina Saskatchewan. In 1982 she graduated from the Metalsmithing faculty of The Alberta College of Art. In 2004 she returned to The Alberta College of Art and Design to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Her work today can be described as 'painting informed by sculpture.' What began as a successful career as a jeweler and sculptor blossomed into a painting practice that has allowed Shannon to unify her many areas of expertise.

Fused with energy and life, her work is characterized by; seemingly sporadic line-work, surprising colour palettes, expressive brushstrokes, drips, textural elements and mark-making. These qualities merge together to focus in on the subjects in which she has become expert, Canada's horses, cattle and wildlife.

Semi-precious and precious gemstones, mountain rocks, fine silver, 24-karat gold, paint, and canvas are used to create the distinctiveness of Shannon's acrylics. Veering away from representation, her work attempts to capture the personality and the energy of her subjects. This has unsurprisingly garnered Shannon much success, she is displayed at home and internationally in private and corporate collections.

Shannon's work has proven to be a wonderful addition to the Mountain Galleries collection.

...I think it is from those years of working with the conceptual thought process of creating 3D work, and being inspired by the physical-space of sculpture that has formed the way that I see when I paint. - Shannon Ford
Wolf Heart, Acrylic on Canvas with Yellow Sapphires, Pink Tourmalines, Rubies, 24 K Gold Heart Shaped Garnet, 36 x 36
Sitting Bear, Acrylic with Pipestone, Diamond Dust, Pyrite, 24 K Gold, Topaz, Garnets, Aquamarine, Sapphires, Emeralds, 72 X 72,
Favourite Horse, Acrylic on Canvas with Diamond Dust, 16 X 20
SOLD- Grizzly Kind, Acrylic with Pipestone and Diamond Dust, 72 x 72
SOLD - Grizzly Vibe, Acrylic on Canvas with Tanzanite, Tourmaline, 48 X 36
Mountain Echo, Acrylic on canvas with CZ and Rubies, 36 x 60
Selfie Bear, Acrylic with Pipestone, Diamond Dust, Pyrite, 24 K Gold, Topaz, Garnets, Aquamarine, Sapphires, Emeralds, 79" x 79"
Luminous Aquabear, pipestone and diamond dust, 48" x 60"
Rarr, pipestone, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 48"
Honey Bear, 36" x 36", Acrylic on Canvas with 24K Gold, Cubic Zirconias, Diamond Dust,
SOLD -Lone Wolf, 30 x 48 N, Acrylic on Canvas with Turquoise, Sugilite, topaz, 24k Gold, Tourmaline, Sapphires, Emeralds
Wait a Moment, Pipestone, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 48"
Catching a Scent, pipestone, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 48"
Bear of Many Colours, Rubies and Cubic Zirconia, 30" x 60"
Bear Call, Acrylic on Canvas with white gold and lapis lazuli, 48" x 48"
Bear Bee, Acrylic on Canvas, Diamond dust, Emeralds, 24k Gold, Peridot
SOLD Changing my Direction, azurite, acrylic on canvas, 60" x 60"
Bear With Me, Acrylic on canvas, pipestone, 48" x 48"
SOLD Grizzly Night Gaze, azurite, acrylic on canvas 30" x 30"
SOLD - In the Wilderness, cubic Zirconia, acrylic on canvas, 30" x 48"
On My Way to a Great Place, 24 K Gold Diamond Dust, Pyrite, Garnet
Rainforest Cub, 24k gold, turquoise, cut topaz and CZ, 48" X 18"
SOLD - Rounding About, diamond dust, pyrite, hematite, garnot cabochons, 72" x 60"
Wolfing, white gold, 24k gold, cubic zirconia, rubies, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 30"
Western Sunset, buffalo bison with turquoise, sugailite, tsavorite garnet, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 48"
SOLD - The Thinker, pipestone, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 48"
Sparkling Rain, Cubic zirconia and white gold, 48" x 60"
SOLD- Ruby Grizzly, cubic zirconia and rubies, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 36"
I am inspired by people and animals. I have lived on farms and ranches most of my life so I have very often had a close-up view of the lifestyles of our precious wildlife. Often I find these animals that I have gotten to know and understand emerging on my canvas. - Shannon Ford

Mountain Galleries Fine Art Reproductions

All Mountain Galleries Giclees are printed locally, using archival quality materials and state of the art printing technology. All reproductions are exclusive to Mountain Galleries and approved by the artist.

Image: Relaxed Grizzly, Limited Edition Giclee on Canvas (Edition of 6), 68" x 60"

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