Shannon Sebastian, Tulsa, OK Member Since September 2014 Artist Statement Artistic ability, creativity, and passion for the arts have always come naturally to Shannon Sebastian. Growing up in the Southwest, he found inspiration daily in the dramatic landscapes and the rich culture of the area. Influenced by realism and the abstract genre, he pursued his dream and studied art at the University of New Mexico. Shannon found overwhelming inspiration in local artist Steve Hanks who shared his experience from the California College of Arts and Crafts. From his early use of resins to his use of watercolors, Steve's influence and talent played a part in shaping Shannon's technique.
Shannon's philosophy on life parallels that of his art: pure, simple, and colorful. Shannon's primary focus has been on the abstract, with his love of nature and the simplicity of raw materials being prevalent in each piece of his work.
It's important to Shannon that people understand what drives him to create, and that you feel his passion and heart in every painting.
"Conveying the beauty of everyday life in a tangible form-that's what compels me to paint."