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About the Artist


Hi, my name is Shannon Emmanuel. I create whimsical figurative paintings that share a message of resilience, innocence and joy. I work in acrylic, oil and gouache and continue to experiment with materials and techniques as I explore how the mediums best interpret my favourite motifs.

I was born in Nova Scotia, raised in the charming rural area of the Annapolis Valley and moved to the stunning mountains and shores of British Columbia. With all that beauty around me I have always found inspiration in nature. Combined with my love of reading and fascination with turn of the century fairy tale illustrations, my work often features animals and children and themes of curiosity and connection with nature.

After my third daughter was born I chose not to continue my home staging business. By my fourth daughter I decided I needed art in my life to help control an anxiety and a nerve pain disorder while continuing to care full time for my children. Art has been therapeutic and brought me joy. Being able to share that with others has enriched my life tremendously.

My work is meant to bring a smile or sense of wonder to children and as a respite to adults, to see the beauty in everyday, and remind them of the dreams and optimism of childhood.

I live in a 100 year old home in rural B.C. with my husband, four daughters and several pets. Painting is a great place for me to feel connected to myself and share my inspirations with you. Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to sharing my work with you!

Artist Bio

Shannon Emmanuel is a self-trained figurative painter whose work in acrylic/oil and gouache features themes of childhood, nature and storytelling. Her work often includes use of gold highlights and references to rural landscapes and is occasionally surreal in the combination of elements as well as influenced by turn of the century art nouveau illustration work.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia and moved to British Columbia in 1995, her work has been shown as a student in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and more recently shown the past three years in the juried 'International Artists' Day' show at 100 Braid St Studios in New Westminster, the 2019 'Ensemble' show at the ACT Art Gallery in Maple Ridge, the 2019 'Positively Petites' show at Place des Arts in Millardville, Coquitlam as well as several commercial properties and local municipal displays including the FVRL.


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