Don’t miss this solo exhibition featuring the plein air works of Shannon Thiesen, winner of UFV’s Young Distinguished Alumni Award 2016.
Plein air \ plān-er; ple-ner \
1: of or relating to painting in outdoor daylight
2: of or relating to a branch of impressionism that attempts to represent outdoor light and air
About the artist:
Shannon Thiesen is an award winning visual artist living in Coquitlam, B.C. She is also a 5th grade teacher at Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts, North Poplar campus. Live painting competitions saw Thiesen representing BC at the 2016 and 2017 Art Battle Canada National Championships in Toronto. She is also the 2016 Young Distinguished Alumni award winner from the University of the Fraser Valley and the 2016 Abbotsford Arty Award winner in visual arts. She recently graduated with a Masters of Education degree from SFU in Imaginative Education and has completed several massive outdoor murals in the lower mainland in recent years. Her favourite subject matter includes West Coast plein air landscapes, portraiture and other organic subjects. Thiesen thrives when painting in a public setting and often uses non-traditional tools and surfaces when creating her wildly expressive and energetic paintings. She hopes to inspire each student she teaches to follow their passion, take risks and use their imaginations to make change in the world.
“People call my marks expressive, but it is really just the waves knocking me around…🤣” ~Shannon Thiesen