Casey Shannon states, “Sumi-e expresses the character and soul of the artist. It is a meditative process that I consider spiritually personal. Understanding this concept is the center of my art.” As an international and award-winning contemporary artist she creates “The Soul of Nature” paintings using sumi ink and Japanese watercolor on Xuan, a paper that originated in ancient China. Her art work can be seen in The Healing Power of ART Gallery and she is a member of the curated Manhattan Arts International Featured Artists Program.
Her artwork is in numerous collections throughout the world and her many one-person and group exhibitions include those at: Napa Valley Art Museum; CA; 303 Grand Gallery, NY; Larconia Gallery, MA; and California State University; among others. She was also included in the ART for Cancer Foundation’s exhibition at Toronto City Hall, in Canada, “that raised awareness of the power of the creative process as a healing force.” She has won many awards including the prestigious “Sumi Art Cultural Award” from the Jade Buddha Temple, LaioNing Province in AnShan City, China.
Casey Shannon exemplifies the triumphant spirit and passion to create art in spite of tremendous physical and emotional challenges. After she experienced a massive brain-stem stroke she was in rehabilitation for eight years. About her horrific experience she recalls, “I needed to be able to breathe on my own, and develop simple living skills such as eating and dressing. However, I also worked toward other goals even though I was told my chances of success were not good. I wanted to regain my speech, learn to walk, teach again, and be able to paint.”
You can read the complete story “How Casey Shannon Turned Tragedy into Triumph.”
The artist credits her art as being an integral part of her healing process. “I just intuitively knew art would save my life. There is something about the creative process that is absolutely healing.”