Shannon "Shan" Fannin

At The Gallery

Current Exhibition

1959 Chevrolet Impala

1959 Chevrolet Impala

12″x60″x1.5″, acrylic on cotton canvas.

This image has a funny story. My husband and I had just left the house to go to the post office. As we were driving through our neighborhood, we saw this GORGEOUS Impala turn on a street ahead of us. I looked at my husband and said: “Oh my gosh! I want to paint that! Follow that car!”

We caught up to the driver, all the while honking our horn to get his attention. The driver pulled out and I jumped out of the car with my business card in hand. I explained that I am a realist vehicle painter and would love to photograph his car for a painting. The kind gentleman was in a hurry, and took my card stating he would call if the opportunity arose for photos.

A few weeks later, the owner called saying that the car was going into storage and that if I wanted photos, to meet him and his wife at a local restaurant within the half hour. In my paint clothes, I grabbed my camera and my son (who is a much better photographer than I am). We met the owners, had a great chat, and took photos for me to work from. I was told that this beautiful vehicle had always been in his family and always would be. She was in pristine condition with a black exterior and vibrant red leather interior. What a beauty!

Price: $5,000

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

24″x36″x1.5″, acrylic paint/ink and ink blocks. 2016.

I have to admit that the crazy reflective grill caught my eye first on this Bel Air. As I walked through the showroom of vehicles that would be up for auction through the Mecum event, this sweet ride called to me. I knew that I would have to capture this onto canvas in the near future. I’m really happy with how this piece turned out. You can just see the Corvette reflected in the bodywork on the right, and another red Bel Air parked close by.

I had a blast with the abstract images in the bumper, and took quite an artistic license with the shapes and colors. This was certainly a fun piece to create.

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

Colors used to create this painting: Titanium/Zinc White, Raw Umber, Lemon/Cadmium Yellow, Pyrrole Orange, Naphthol/Alizarin/Cadmium light & medium reds, Payne’s Grey, Red Oxide, Phthalo Green, and Mineral Blue.

Price: $5,000

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

24″x36″x1.5″, acrylic paint/ink and ink blocks. 2016.

I have to admit that the crazy reflective grill caught my eye first on this Bel Air. As I walked through the showroom of vehicles that would be up for auction through the Mecum event, this sweet ride called to me. I knew that I would have to capture this onto canvas in the near future. I’m really happy with how this piece turned out. You can just see the Corvette reflected in the bodywork on the right, and another red Bel Air parked close by. I had a blast with the abstract images in the bumper, and took quite an artistic license with the shapes and colors. This was certainly a fun piece to create.

Colors used to create this painting: Titanium/Zinc White, Raw Umber, Lemon/Cadmium Yellow, Pyrrole Orange, Naphthol/Alizarin/Cadmium light & medium reds, Payne’s Grey, Red Oxide, Phthalo Green, and Mineral Blue.

Price: $5,000

1966-Arctic-Blue-Mustang_Shan-Fannin

1966 Arctic Blue Ford Mustang

20″x60″x1.5″, acrylic on cotton canvas, 2017

There are vehicles in our past that are timeless. The ones that have made a positive impression on us that brings a smile to our face. I believe Mustangs fall into that category. Even if we never owned a Mustang (I have), we know of someone that had one and can relay fond memories of it.

I was attracted to this icy blue lady during a car event. I found this painting a challenge as I used a limited palette for the body, but needed to create depth with them. I’m happy with the outcome.

Price: $5,000

Ferrari-F40

1990 Ferrari F40

30″x40″, acrylic mixed media on 3/4″ cotton canvas. 2015

Sleek, sexy, and scarlet. That is how I would describe this 1990 Ferrari F40. There is no doubt that this car will consume the miles in a blink of an eye. Every line and curve says FAST. I used 13 colors in the warm spectrum (browns, purple, orange, yellow, red) to convey this lady.
She was photographed in a darkened garage with minimal lighting. I believe this added to her glamorous demeanor.

Price: $5,000

Ferrari-F40

1990 Ferrari F40

30″x40″, acrylic mixed media on 3/4″ cotton canvas. 2015

Sleek, sexy, and scarlet. That is how I would describe this 1990 Ferrari F40. There is no doubt that this car will consume the miles in a blink of an eye. Every line and curve says FAST. I used 13 colors in the warm spectrum (browns, purple, orange, yellow, red) to convey this lady.
She was photographed in a darkened garage with minimal lighting. I believe this added to her glamorous demeanor.

Price: $5,000

Painting a Bel Air
The Artist

About Shan

Shannon “Shan” Fannin was born in Long Beach, California. She earned a college scholarship to pursue an art teaching degree for special needs children education. However, life had other plans. She put becoming an artist on hold for marriage, a career in marketing, owning a business, and raising a family. Using her portfolio for a resume, she taught elementary school art for two years through a private academy.

After a 25yr hiatus from an art career, Shan returned to school to refresh her abilities. She took a handful of courses to reacquaint herself with mediums, and began building her expressionistic style. Her favorite courses were figurative life drawing.

When her husband added a 1961 Ford Thunderbird to their family garage, she began attending car shows with him. She enjoyed meeting other car/motorcycle owners and talking about the history of their vehicles. 

Mesmerized by the reflections and sleek lines, Shan made the correlation between their bodies and the figurative drawings she had been making. When her husband encouraged her to paint a vehicle, she took on the challenge wholeheartedly by painting an orange GMC truck. From then on, she knew that being a vehicle artist would be her future.

Over time, Shan created large canvas paintings up to 6′ long, and is working towards painting full size vehicles. She paints reflection segments for each work with her hands, and elaborates the distorted landscape within. Although many categorize her work as Photorealism, she considers each piece approximately 10% self expression/abstraction.

Shan’s large paintings are primarily created in acrylics (pens, spray, hard/soft body, and ink), although she will occasionally incorporate gouache, ink, or water-soluble graphite into them. She is a great fan of color, and enjoys bringing chrome and carbon fiber to life. She strives to connect with her viewers/collectors on a personal level by depicting vehicles from their past, or those they wish to own. Her goal is to be one of the finest vehicle artists in the world.

When not painting, Shan shares her marketing knowledge as a guest writer for art publications such as Artists on Art, StudioVox, and Create! Magazine. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband of 27yrs and their college student son.

The Artist

About Shannon

Shannon “Shan” Fannin was born in Long Beach, California. She earned a college scholarship to pursue an art teaching degree for special needs children education. However, life had other plans. She put becoming an artist on hold for marriage, a career in marketing, owning a business, and raising a family. Using her portfolio for a resume, she taught elementary school art for two years through a private academy.
Painting a Bel Air
After a 25yr hiatus from an art career, Shan returned to school to refresh her abilities. She took a handful of courses to reacquaint herself with mediums, and began building her expressionistic style. Her favorite courses were figurative life drawing.

When her husband added a 1961 Ford Thunderbird to their family garage, she began attending car shows with him. She enjoyed meeting other car/motorcycle owners and talking about the history of their vehicles. Mesmerized by the reflections and sleek lines, Shan made the correlation between their bodies and the figurative drawings she had been making. When her husband encouraged her to paint a vehicle, she took on the challenge wholeheartedly by painting an orange GMC truck. From then on, she knew that being a vehicle artist would be her future.

Over time, Shan created large canvas paintings up to 6′ long, and is working towards painting full size vehicles. She paints reflection segments for each work with her hands, and elaborates the distorted landscape within. Although many categorize her work as Photorealism, she considers each piece approximately 10% self expression/abstraction.

Shan’s large paintings are primarily created in acrylics (pens, spray, hard/soft body, and ink), although she will occasionally incorporate gouache, ink, or water-soluble graphite into them. She is a great fan of color, and enjoys bringing chrome and carbon fiber to life. She strives to connect with her viewers/collectors on a personal level by depicting vehicles from their past, or those they wish to own. Her goal is to be one of the finest vehicle artists in the world.

When not painting, Shan shares her marketing knowledge as a guest writer for art publications such as Artists on Art, StudioVox, and Create! Magazine. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband of 27yrs and their college student son.

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