Shanna Kunz

 

"As a contemporary landscape painter, my work is a conscious play of mood, light and color, but as a naturalist raised and rooted in the diverse landscapes of western America, a painting means more than that to me. Each location is an encounter with the land, the trees, and the waters that have always given me a sense of connection and order. When a location intrigues and inspires me, I will paint 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 - more importantly - balance. I look for new ways to express spatial relationships and distance with layers of paint, brushwork, gradations, and diffusions of light. Hopefully, my study of the landscape will bring me somewhat closer to an honest translation - of both soul and land - as I push color and value into new compositions and continue a lifelong effort to communicate the emotional connection I feel with my environment." 

 

Selected Featured Articles & Publications:
Southwest Art Magazine, Feature article Feb. 2018
Western Art and Architecture Ones to Watch Oct/Nov 2017
Plein Air Magazine - Feature Article, December, 2016
Outdoor Painter, August, 2016
Fine Art Tips of the Masters, 2014 book contribution
Southwest Art Magazine - May, 2013 article
American Art Collector - April, 2013 article
Western Art Collector - May 2012 article
Southwest Art Magazine - August 2010 feature article, A Tireless Pursuit 

 

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