Shanna Kunz


Artist Statement

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.

Featured Articles

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

Western Art Collector – August 2010 article, December 2010

Western Art Collector – December 2009  feature article

American Art Collector – September 2009 article

Fine Art Connoiseur Magazine – Painting Nature Now, October, 2007

American Artist Magazine – June 2007 , Feature 14 page article

Western Art Magazine – Premier Issue 2007

Artist to Watch – October Issue 2003, Southwest Art Magazine

Juried Awards & Shows

Mountain Song Gallery – Carmel, CA – Powered by Nature Invitational – Apr 2013

Western Masters Invitational – Mar 2013

Art in Embassy Exhibit, Kuwait

Saulsalito Art Festival, Sept. 2012

Carmel Plein Air Art Exhibit Invitation – May 2011

Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art – April 2011, April 2012

Maynard Dixon Country Invitational 2010 – Guest Artist 2010

 Jackson Wildlife Museum Western Visions Miniature Show 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Raymar Art Competition Finalist Dec 2010, Mar 2011

Mountain Trails Gallery, Park City – Solo Exhibit Dec. 2009, 2010, 2011

Kneeland Gallery, – Three Person Gallery 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibit 2009

Paint the Parks Exhibition and Competition 2009

Not Just a Pretty Face Salt Lake City Art Center Invitational 2010, 2012, 2013

Contemporary Art of the American West Invitational, Palm Springs, 2008

Celebration of Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ  2009, 2010, 2011

Jackson Fall Arts Festival Quickdraw Participant 2007, 2008, 2009

Eccles Art Center, Ogden UT – Two Person Exhibit,December 2008

Artists of the New Century, Bennington Ctr for Arts – Fine Art Connoiseur Award 2006

Meyer Gallery, Park   City, UT – Two person exhibit, February 2007, 2008

Kneeland Gallery, Ketchum, ID  Plein Air Exhibit August,2004 –  2013

Mountain Trails Gallery, Palm Desert, CA – Solo Exhibit 2006

Union Station Gallery/Museum, Ogden, UT – Solo Exhibit 2006

Meyer Gallery, Park City, UT – Solo Exhibit, February 2005, 2006, 2007

Kneeland Gallery – Three Person Show, March 2005, 2006

Tucker Gallery, Chicago, IL – Two Person Exhibit, April 2005, 2006

Meyer Gallery, Jackson, WY – Solo Exhibit, July 2004, 2005

Kneeland Gallery – Plein Air Invitational Show, August 2004, 2005, 2006

Meyer Gallery, Scottsdale AZ – The Color of Mood, Invitational Exhibit, May 2004

Principle Gallery, Alexandria VA – Two Person Show, April 2004

Meyer Gallery, Park City, UT – Two Person Show, Feb. 2004

Kneeland Gallery – Three Person Show, Feb. 2004

Meyer Gallery, Jackson, WY – Two Person Show, 2003,  2004

Howard/Mandville 13th Annual Miniature Show, November, 2003 – Kirkland, WA

Eccles Art Center, Ogden, UT – Solo Exhibit, June 2003

Meyer Gallery, Park City, UT – Two Person Show, December 2002

Deseret News Landscape Exhibit , 2002 , 2003 – Salt Lake City, UT

Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, 2002, 2001 – Springville, UT

American Association of University Women of Utah, Weber State University, 2002

American Association of University Women of Utah, Springville Museum, 2000