Shannon Amey is an abstract artist based in Canmore since 2012.
“I was born in Ontario and also spent time living in New Brunswick,” Amey said. “I then came to live here for the first time in Lake Louise in 2005 but came and went for some years as I was attending University and travelling.”
She works as a full time professional artist out of her home based studio.
“My home studio is available for viewings by appointment, however since Covid-19, I now host online video tours and meetings for collectors and clients,” Amey said. “I also paint abstract murals for commercial and private interiors. I hope to expand this practice to outdoor murals in the future as well. In my personal time I also enjoy ceramics, printmaking, sculpture and installation.”
Amey has a Diploma in Visual Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art & Design, a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Leadership at Renaissance College at the University of New Brunswick as well as a Post Graduate degree in Art Education and a Masters in Creativity and Spirituality at University of Calgary.
“I was an art kid growing up and have always had the need to be creating,” Amey said. “In my adult life I enjoy the opportunities art allows for investigation and expression. Art cultivates a freedom to focus on a topic and be able to translate it into a visual expression. Art is emotive and allows for further information beyond facts. Being an artist allows me to fully be my authentic self.”
Amey is an avid traveller.
“The exploration of the places and people I interact with deeply influence my work,” Amey said. “Immersion into different cultures and exposure to others stories is fascinating to me. I am interested in human connections to places and people. Specifically, origin stories and how the creation of narratives derived are from memories.”
This past year she travelled and set up a studio in Finland.
“I went to Finland to participate in an Artist Residency and Creative Development program,” Amey said. “I had the great opportunity to connect and collaborate with a new and diverse team of artist and arts organizations during this time.”
Like most creatives, Covid-19 has thrown a wrench into their plans.
“Gallery shows, in person courses, art fairs and events have all been cancelled,” she said. “These are the types of venues artists rely on for the success of their business. I quickly pivoted to selling my work directly online from my website with worldwide shipping and I now offer artist consultations and art classes via zoom. I am really pleased with the success of this new model and will continue this way long term.”
She finds Canmore to be a community with a strong sense of connection, she said.
“I have lived in many places across Canada and Canmore is the only place that feels like home,” Amey said. “People in this community go to great lengths to support one another and are devoted to the holistic wellbeing of the town and surrounding environment. I love that at any moment of any day I know someone will be willing to go adventuring outdoors with me. Biking, skiing or hiking, you will always be able to find an adventure buddy here.”
Amey is also an Art Educator who has devoted much of her career to guiding others on their own discovery path of creative development.
“I love how art is an alternative vehicle for investigation and expression. Creating art removes barriers and creates a new platform for expression,” Amey said. “I served as the Visual Arts teacher at Canmore Collegiate for eight years prior to pursuing my own studio based work and private teaching full time.”
She teaches private art classes to individuals and small groups online.
“The classes range from mixed media collage, painting, to more development topics such as ‘finding your artistic voice’. I also work with beginning artists in conducting portfolio reviews and artist consultations on how to move forward with their work,” she said.
Amey is currently working on a new series of paintings to be released shortly in November.
“I am developing new courses to be launched online from my website. I will also be hosting an artist mastermind group in coming months,” she said. “If anyone is interested in staying in the loop, I invite them to subscribe to my newsletter.”
Please visit her website at shannonamey.com or check out shannonameyart on Istagram or Facebook.