Today we’d like to introduce you to Shannon Macey.
Shannon, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I grew up in a family full of artists. My grandmother was a fashion illustrator for multiple department store catalogs in Cleveland in the ’40s, and my mother made beaded jewelry, moccasins, and had a business where she created art with dried flowers, to name a few. I loved the arts from an early age and was strongly encouraged by my family to develop my skills. I really found my niche while living abroad in South Korea after I graduated from college. For years I lived in a small town on an island, isolated from other foreigners and English speakers. The isolation was truly a blessing. I spent all of my free time painting and perfecting the geometric style I’m known for today.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I make abstract, geometric, acrylic paintings. Each piece is a total labor of love. My larger pieces take more than 250 hours to complete. I always start with a sketch, to scale. I transfer the sketch onto the canvas, and usually, need to make some small adjustments. I often use textiles, or other pieces of art to inspire my color scheme. My work reminds me of the inner-workings of my own mind. On one side there are rigid boundaries and organization. And on the other side, there is chaos. I love that there’s so much detail in each piece. You can’t digest the whole painting in a mere moment. It takes time to analyze it and to really see it.
What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
I connect with other artists frequently! Instagram is a great tool for meeting other artists. There are a few who I follow, and we often share advice and show support for each other both publicly and privately. If you want to connect face-to-face, look for exhibitions where the artist is hosting. Tell them you’re an artist too, and if you feel a connection, invite them to an event or even for a cup of coffee. They may be looking for connections, too.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work can be seen on Instagram, @macey.acrylics.
You can purchase originals and high-quality prints on my website, www.shannonmacey.com.
- Website: www.shannonmacey.com
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- Instagram: @macey.acrylics
- Facebook: @maceyacrylics