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.
Shanna Kunz has recently been featured in numerous major publications, including a feature article in Southwest Art Magazine, Western Art Collector and American Artist Magazine. She has participated as a guest artist in Maynard Dixon Land 2010, the Jackson Wildlife Museum Western Visions Miniature Show, the Contemporary Art of the American West Invitational, The Western Masters Art Show, and was chosen for the Fine Art Connoiseur Award at the Artist of the New Century Exhibit, Bennington Center for the Arts. She has had gallery representation and exhibits across the country and has private collectors internationally.