Award winning California artist Shannon Celia uses oil paint, palette knives, brushes & the inspiring California seaside to create her vibrant, contemporary coastal vignettes and Americana inspired pieces that burst with color, texture and light.

“In awe of nature, I am most inspired outside and particularly fond of all things coastal! I can experience feelings and impressions in terms of color and I’m able express this in my work.”

As member of the Westlake Village Art Guild, Studio Channel Islands Art Center, and the Buenaventura Art Association, she enjoys exhibiting work and hanging with her painting pals. She’s also an associate member of the California Art Club and an associate member with distinction of the American Women Artists. Shannon writes, hikes, does yoga and gardens while the paint dries.

Professional Affiliations:
Westlake Village Art Guild 2007, 2010-2016
Thousand Oaks Art Association Member 2014-2016
Buenaventura Art Association Member 2014-2016
American Women Artists 2014-2016
California Art Club, Associate Member 2012-2016
Arts Council of the Conejo Valley 2011-2015
Regional Art Museum (RAM) 2010-2015
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 1999-2011
Pepperdine Alumni Association

AWARDS: Santa Paula’s 79th Open Juried Show 2016 awarded 2nd place in oils for “SQUID SHIPS,” Artavita 17th Online Contest-Award of Excellence Dec. 2015, Honorable Mention for “LA COUNTY LIFEGUARD BOAT,” Exhibeo Magazine’s Summer Palette Art Competition 2015, 2nd Place, “VENTURA HARBOR,” June 2015 CAGO Water/Seascape Show, Honorable Mention, “SUNRISE FERRIS WHEEL,” 2015 Open Juried Show Westlake Village Art Guild, 4th Place Award, “TODAY’S CATCH, CAGO National Juried Show Feb. 2015, Summer 2014 BAA Member Show, Honorable Mention for “STORMY PALMS” Dec. 2013, SCIART Juried Show. In the Details show at Blackboard Gallery in Camarillo, CA, Honorable Mention for “WINDY,” Feb. 2014 BAA Open Juried Show in Ventura, CA, Merit Award for “GUARD TOWER” and Certificate of Excellence for “THE OPAL II” CAGO May 2014.

Exhibitions:
SOLO SHOWS: “Captivating Coastal“ June2-28, 2015, Harbor Village Gallery 1591 Spinnaker, Ventura CA 11am-5pm Tues-Sat.
Americana” Sept.18-Nov.15 2014, Westlake Village Library, WLV, CA “Flora & Fauna” Sept. 2012 @ Gardens of the World, Thousand Oaks, CA, “Serene Scenes” Sept. 2011, “Sea Joy” Jan. 2011@ Ribbit Tree & Nursery, Malibu, CA “Growth” @ Chocolatine, November 2010, Thousand Oaks CA “Emulsify” @ Rosie Jekes, September –October 2009, Hanover NH, “Oh Hopeful Spring!” @ Lyme Library, February-March 2009, Lyme NH, “Color Conversion” @ Artful Things, May 2008, Lebanon NH, “Oil & Water”@ Isabel’s, April-May 2008, Thetford VT “Cupolas, Churches and Barns” Lyme Hill Gallery 2007

GROUP SHOWS:
TOAA Open Juried Show Feb. 2014-2016
Pepperdine Alumni Art Showcase, Payson Library, Oct.-Nov. 2014 & 2015
Buenaventura Art Association’s Open Juried Show Feb.2014 & 2016
Studio Channel Islands, Blackboard Gallery, Dec 2013 “In the Details” Camarillo CA
Westlake Village Art Guild’s Open Juried Show April 2012, 2013 & 2015 & 2016 T. Oaks Community Gallery
Westlake Village Art Guild, January 2012, 2013-2016 Members Show
“The Green Show” ACCV Juried Show May 2012, T. Oaks Community Gallery
“Elements: art of the earth, wind, fire and sea,” Juried Show, T. Oaks Community Gallery, May 2011, Thousand Oaks CA
“Water, Water” Long River Studios, Summer/Fall 2009 Lyme NH
“Water Everywhere” @Long River Studios Spring/Summer 2009 Lyme NH
“Think Spring” The Gilded Edge, March-April 2009, Hanover NH
“Fur, Feathers & Foliage” @ Long River Studios September 2008 Lyme NH
Stormy Weather” Long River Studios October 2008 Lyme NH
Cedar Circle Farms “Hello Café” 2008 Thetford, VT
”Fine Art Fine Food” Auction, September 2008 and 2009 Lyme NH
“Spring Thing” Long River Studios, July 2008, Lyme NH
“Inspirations” Lyme Hill Gallery, September 2007, Lyme NH
St. Paul Lutheran Church Art Auction 2007, Agoura Hills CA
“Exposure” Pepperdine University 1998, Malibu CA

GALLERY AFFILIATIONS/ Sitting
Xanadu Online
BAA Ventura Galleries
Contemporary Art Gallery Online
​SCIART’s Blackboard Gallery, Camarillo CA 2013-2016
Thousand Oaks Community Gallery 2011-2016
Malibu Market & Design, Malibu, CA 2012
The Gilded Edge, Hanover, NH 2008-2010
Long River Studios 2007-2009
The Lyme Creamery 2008-2009 & Lyme Hill Gallery 2007

Pepperdine University 1998, Bachelor of Arts, Journalism w/ Art Emphasis, Graduated Cum Laude, Art Studio Independent Study 2 years, Photography, Art History, Modern Art History, Renaissance History, GPA: 3.8, Golden Key National Honor Society Member

Additiional Study: Dennis Perrin Still Life Workshop 2016, Richard Robinson, Italy Plein Air 2015 Workshop, Leslie Saeta (Seascape & Still Life with Palette Knives) Carolyn Counnas (Landscape, Still Life), Penelope Bennett (Portraits), Sara Dykstra (Still Life), John “Jay” Koron (Drawing), Painting With Masters Weekend 2010 (Scott Christensen, Clayton Beck III, etc.)
Bibliography: Ventura County Star Oct. 2015 Artist Feature, The Complete Hoot May 2009, The Complete Hoot October 10 2008, The Connecticut Valley Spectator May 15, 2008, The Valley News May 15, 2008, The Complete Hoot May 9, 2008 “… (her) Watercolors are both tender and fresh. Her abstract paintings combine both an expressionist feel with the use of color and more dominant study of color ranges and juxtapositions…”
Special Skills/Hobbies:
Author of Children’s Book “ABC’s of the Sea,” published in 2009
Freelance Writer, Photographer
Singer/Songwriter, (CD Baby, Itunes & Jango Radio)