Shannon McBride


Shannon McBride Artist on Chou Sauvage
Shannon Mayo McBride is a nonobjective painter based in Portland, Oregon. She was born in San Jose, California and spent her formative years in the suburbs of Portland. McBride was raised in a family of artistic people and grew up looking at the world through the lens of an artist: she was encouraged to experiment, play, and explore.

After receiving her B.S. in Arts Education from the University of Oregon, she got her first teaching job - working with kinder to 8th grade students, in arts education at Riverdale Grade School. Shortly thereafter, McBride earned her Masters in Arts Education at Lewis & Clark College. She is currently working at Lakeridge High School as the Painting and Drawing arts educator. While much of her energy over the last 26 years was spent making young creatives and raising her own two children, she is now claiming her own space as an artist.

Having dabbled in various media throughout her career, she has recently returned to her painting roots. Her mixed media paintings rely heavily on compositional elements, a formalist at heart; color, line, shape and texture play a dominate role in her work. The context of the work, including the reason for its existence, the background, and the life of the artist, that is, its conceptual aspect she considers to be of secondary importance.
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