Shanna Kunz2013 Artist
2013 Artwork for Sale
About the Artist
Shanna Kunz's painted landscapes are a conscious play of mood, light, and color. As a naturalist raised and rooted in the diverse landscapes of western America, each location she paints is an encounter with the land, the trees, and the waters that have always given her a sense of connection and order. When a location intrigues and inspires her, she paints the scene into a series using a range of keys or themes, experimenting and searching to learn more about the natural threads that tie the landscape together with complexity, subtlety and balance. Shanna has been featured in fine art magazines, galleries, shows, and her works are collected internationally.
What artist inspires you? Why?
At the present moment, it would be John Henry Twachtman. I love his use of limited value ranges and temperature changes to create mood. The texture and brushwork in his work crosses over from thin to thick and back to thin again with a seamless rhythm.
How do you come up with an idea for a new piece of artwork?
I always work in series, changing the overall key and harmonies to get a different feel for a place. My locations are always somewhere I have spent time and have sentimental meaning to me.
Where is the most inspirational place you've visited lately?
I just came home from painting en plein air along the coast of Carmel, California. It was my first experience of Point Lobos. The intense color and fierceness of the rocks and the ocean were so foreign and so amazing to me.