Shannon Smith Hughes

Artist Statement+

My oils are known for color, painterly brushwork, and capturing light in simple everyday scenes.  While subject matter varies from landscape, still life, interiors, to figures it is my use of light that becomes the common thread in my work.  I draw constant inspiration from the various subtle ways light interacts with the subject…whether it be sunlight filtering through trees at the end of a road, light reflecting off copper and silver in a still life, or interior low light revealing an intimate bar or restaurant scene. I use a direct or alla prima approach, and I paint what excites me.  My goal is to express what I experience, translating my emotions through paint and brushwork, so that the viewer may feel a similar emotional reaction.

About the Artist+

Shannon Smith Hughes has been an artist living and painting in the Charleston, SC area for the past 19 years.  She comes from the Smith family of artists, mother Betty Anglin Smith and triplet siblings Jennifer Smith Rogers and Tripp Smith.  She is part owner of their family gallery, Anglin Smith Fine Art.  Shannon has studied in the US and Europe with renowned artists Kim English, Greg Kreutz, Kenn Backhaus, and Quang Ho.  She is a signature member of Plein Air Painters of the Southeast, and often travels to plein air paint and exhibit with this accomplished group of artists.  Shannon has taught plein air painting workshops locally and in Italy.  Her collectors include corporations such as Clemson University Foundation, Piggly Wiggly Corporate Headquarters, Hospice of Charleston, and McCrady’s restaurant.

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