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Shannon Amidon Portland, Oregon

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.

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    About The Artist

    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.

    Artist Statement

    My artwork explores the cycles of life, calling attention to its transitory and fragile nature. I’m enthralled and intrigued by the natural sciences, and I feel that especially in this technology-driven age we need reminders of the briefness of life and wonders of the natural world. Drawn to the alchemical nature of the process, I use the ancient medium of encaustic (molten beeswax) and often incorporate organic, upcycled and cast off materials to create my mixed media pieces. I love using materials that have a nostalgic, pensive, or mysterious feeling. I have a strong emotional connection to well-worn objects that have been through many hands. Sometimes I feel the essence of their history reflected in my art. My subject matter includes a variety of natural history elements including insects, botanicals, seed pods, and birds as well as ancient symbolism and geometry. By interlacing science, art and nostalgia I strive to create pensive and familiar images that transport the viewer to another time and place, evocative of a moment filled with exploration, wonder and discovery.

    Hear What Collectors Say About Shannon's Work

    Shannon Amidon 11/19/2018 | 1:06 AM

    Thank you so much! I love creating these little bees.

    commentsMini Honey Bee
    l henry purchased this artwork. 11/17/2018 | 9:26 PM

    This is a beautiful and unique piece.

    Shannon Amidon 2/20/2018 | 10:25 PM

    Hello Alba, Thank you so much, that makes me so happy to hear. I am glad to know it went to a good home!

    A Roldan 2/20/2018 | 4:58 PM

    Hello Shannon, I jus purchased "To Those Who Wait", and I have to tell you that it is stunning. The piece has quickly become one of my favorites of my home collection. The gold beading along with the wax background lend it a complexity and broodingly buoyant energy that urges me to admire it often. Great work! Sincerely Alba Maria

    Shannon Amidon 1/20/2017 | 5:18 PM

    I am thrilled to be a new UGALLERY artist. I look forward to adding new artwork and interacting with visitors to my UGALLERY page. I work in the ancient medium of encaustic. It is a wonderful and versatile medium that has a beautiful luminous quality. If anyone has questions about my art, medium or technique I am more than happy to answer them.

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