Dragonflies are special to me--my one and only tattoo is of a dragonfly. They represent self realization, new beginnings and transformation. This mixed media encaustic painting is on a unique emerald shaped panel. The imagery contains sacred geometry and a dragonfly.  There is a beautiful gold iridescent veil that can be seen at different angles. There are gold paper accents and the edges are finished with 23k gold leaf. The background of the piece is made up of a variety of vintage ephemeral materials including old book pages, maps, letters and more. They quietly peek out in sections of the painting and are completely obscured in other areas. 

The artwork is on an octagonal cradled birch wood panel with the edges painted black. It is wired and ready to hang.

- Shannon Amidon

The Lightness of Being

Encaustic artwork on wood

Signed on back

8" h x 10" w x 1.75" d
1 lbs. 2 oz.



Shannon Amidon
Portland, Oregon

Getting to Know Shannon

Shannon Amidon is an artist based in Portland, Oregon whose artwork is made with encaustic (molten beeswax) and collaged vintage paper. She uses materials that evoke a sense of nostalgia, such as old letters, maps, book pages, and report cards, which she finds at antique stores or estate sales. By repurposing ephemeral materials, she gives each piece a history beyond itself, and adds to the personal nature of the art. She also makes her own eco-friendly encaustic and oils. “The environment is very important to me, so I use natural earth pigments,” says Shannon. Her love of nature comes across in the motifs she selects, hinting at both the wonder and delicacy of the cycle of life.