Shanna Kunz

Gallatin Nocturne 20x16 Oil

Yellowstone Mineral Pools 9x12 Oil

Quietus 36x48 Oil

Quiet Cloud Cover 20x20 Oil

Morning Glory Aria 30x24 Oil

Rockport Plein Air 9x12 Oil

The Rivers Bend 8x10 Watercolor

Meditations 8x10 Watercolor

Autumn Reds 10x8 Watercolor

Autumn Cotton 8 x 10 Oil

Duck Creek Aspens 30x20 Oil

Bella Luna 36x24 Oil

Burning Bush 36x28 Oil

First Snow 16x20 Oil


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.

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