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Casey Shannon Creates Award-Winning Sumi-e Paintings

Her Unique Contemporary Style Blends East with West

Featured Artist Article by Renée Phillips

Casey Shannon is an international and award-winning contemporary Sumi-e artist who creates “The Soul of Nature” paintings using sumi ink and Japanese watercolor on Xuan, a paper that originated in ancient China.

Casey Shannon

Shannon, who lives in California, is the Director of The North America Branch of ICCPS – International Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society. She also presents “Artitude” art and healing workshops.

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Casey Shannon
Casey Shannon, Cathedral, Sumi ink and Japanese Watercolor on Mulberry Paper, 18″ x 14″.

Beyond Traditional Methods

Sumi-e is a 2,000 year-old art form of Japanese brush painting, spiritually rooted in Zen Buddhism. Although Shannon follows the traditional sumi-e principles and philosophies she pushes beyond the traditional limitations of this specialized ancient method.

As a devoted student of Western painting and of Eastern ink painting Shannon  creates her own unique contemporary style that merges East with West. The artist has the ability to express the essence and poetry of her subjects that originate from a pure and joyful heart. Her  magical images leap off the paper and become cherished, timeless treasures.

Casey Shannon
Casey Shannon, Lonely Cypress, Sumi ink and Japanese Watercolor on Mulberry Paper, 18″ x 14″.

Spirit, Grace and Elegance

Shannon explains, “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.”

She creates art from a quiet centered place with the intention of capturing the object’s spirit. She states, “I strive to ‘become one’ with the object in the painting. I continue to increase my understanding of the secret of beauty, grace and elegance with each painting.”

Casey Shannon
Casey Shannon, Wabi Sabi-Rising Up, Sumi ink and Japanese Watercolor and tea on Mulberry Paper, 18″ x 14″.

Exhibitions, Honors and Awards

Casey Shannon is an acclaimed international artist and has exhibited her work locally and world-wide. 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 has won many awards for her work including the prestigious ‘Sumi Art Cultural Award’ from the Jade Buddha Temple, LaioNing Province in AnShan City, China.

The artist holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Choiunard Art Institute Los Angeles, CA. She has earned her teaching credentials from California State University, Los Angeles, and has a Master of Science Degree from California State University, Long Beach. She also studied with renowned Chinese Painter Lian Quan Zhen and Master Sumi-e artist Henry Li.

Casey Shannon
Casey Shannon, Peace, Sumi ink and Japanese Watercolor on Mulberry Paper, 18″ x 14″.

Professional Organizations

She is an active member of Sumi Society of America and a featured artist of the Carmel Valley Art Association and Oregon Society of Artists. She is also featured in the elite Seal Carving Gyoku-seki Society in China.

Master Sumi Painter Ransui Yakata of Tokyo, Japan, asked her to become the Director of The North America Branch of ICCPS – International Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society. She has held this position since 2010.

Casey Shannon, Carmel Valley Moon, Sumi ink and Japanese Watercolor on Xuan Paper, 24" x 14".
Casey Shannon, Carmel Valley Moon, Sumi ink and Japanese Watercolor on Xuan Paper, 24″ x 14″.

Turning Tragedy into Triumph

Casey Shannon is the survivor of a massive brain-stem stroke and paints solely with her non-dominant left hand. This remarkable artist, who has turned a tragedy into triumph, credits her art as being an integral part of her healing process. ‘As soon as I could sit up in a wheel chair, I began drawing with a vengeance. I just intuitively knew art would save my life. There is something about the creative process that is absolute healing.”

Shannon has shared her talent as a teacher of art in public high school for 10 years. She currently teaches in community college.

Visit Casey Shannon’s website at www.caseyshannon.com

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6 thoughts on “Casey Shannon Creates Award-Winning Sumi-e Paintings”

  1. Casey’s art is infused with the soul of one born to paint the beauty of life relentlessly, no matter what happens to the body carrying it. She teaches us that it is our spirit that guides us through this world, reminding us to see with that spirit, unclouded by the confusion & distrust that often permeates our lives.

  2. Wonderful work Casey! As a student of Zen I am highly alert to the fine edges of the mind from which such purity of expression must come. Exquisite ‘Grasping By Letting Go!’ Thank you for making my day!

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