Shannon Castle honors the creative process in various aspects of her daily life…raising young children, building a home, growing a garden, cooking and teaching art. She makes art to process experiences, to explore relationships, to find peace, and to give thanks. She works in her home studio in Hotchkiss, Colorado. Shannon has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Ceramics, a K-12 Art Teacher Licensure, and a Master of Arts degree with a focus on Community Art. She has teaching experience at all levels and has sold her artwork in a variety of venues.
Shannon makes art to process experiences, to explore relationships, to find peace, and to give thanks. She makes art as a visual prayer. Her current studio work is a series of mixed media constructions. One series is called little sketches. These are made on plywood with paint, clay, fiber, found objects, text, fused glass and her own recycled drawings, paintings, and prints. These elements are stitched, nailed, and otherwise collaged together to form meaningful images and symbols. The small format of the little sketches reflects the intimacy of the themes of loss, protection, balance, and love that are pieces of her personal narrative. The size also allows Shannon to make art in-between the threads of her daily routine.