All we are saying is………..

Pablo Picasso has said, that ”Often while reading a book, one feels that the author would have preferred to paint rather than write. One can sense the pleasure he derives from describing a landscape or a person as if he were painting what he is saying, because deep in his heart he would have preferred to use brushes and color.”

Artist Shanna Kunz is a woman who has chosen to speak with paintbrushes and oils as her voice!

First of all, hers is one of sharing by experience. The diversity of her contemporary western American landscapes is rooted in her being planted as a naturalist at a young age. Shanna seeks balance in nature, within herself, and her artwork. The three applications that are instrumental to Kunz in achieving her goal of connectivity are consciousness, composition and communication. I believe these are evident in her thematic decisions, attention to detail, the deliberate performances of mood, light and color, the contrast of subtleness and complexity and her emotional investments of her encounters of the land, trees and water.

In her piece “Evanescence”, you see nature mirrored in the water, a reflection of itself. Spatial relationship and distance give this painting depth and dimension; from the water, to land, over the tree tops, above the hill, to the mountain top and up to the sky………. yes, the sky revealing the time of day like a watchmaker using shadow and light as hours and minutes. Evanescence is the condition of transition, in time, in the seasons and in life. Now let me transition to another piece of Shanna’s, titled “Liz’s Cattails”.

The foreground of this painting spotlights the cattails by its position up close, the star feature in this show of nature, as they stand in contrast to the landscape behind them in Utah. Enjoy the uncomplicated beauty they add to the landscape, but don’t be fooled….. they are important producers to our environment. Cattails-“Typha” are often among the first wetland plants to colonize areas of newly exposed wet mud, with their abundant wind-dispersed seeds. They are typically eaten by wetland animals, such as the muskrat, which may also use them to construct feeding platforms and dens. Birds like to use the seed hairs as nest lining. Ah! Natural recycling!

Collectors and admirers of Shanna’s work inevitably express a feeling of peacefulness and tranquility when viewing and purchasing her work. I certainly concur! The deft way she applies her oils in layers and “pushes the color and value” in her compositions is also striking in her other new pieces, such as, “Azure Afternoon”,

“Sapphire Shadows” ,”Bend in the Stream “and “Autumn Stirs”. When you come in to see her work, you will see her mission; to continue studying the landscape, bringing her closer to an honest translation-of both soul and land- and to continue a lifelong effort to communicate the emotional connection she feels with her environment. We feel it too! At Lovetts, we are so glad that Shanna shares the sentiment of Picasso and chooses to describe landscapes with brushes and color. Thank you Shanna!




Raven Sawyer