Fine Art & Design

Shanon Essex

On the Easel:

Much of my work is done on location or 'en plein aire, well, as long as Mother Nature and the local wild life will allow it. ;-)



Painting I have been fascinated by the visual arts and handmade imagery for as long as I can remember. Captivated by drawings in childhood picture and comic books early, I chose a creative life heavily influenced by visual arts, design and music. That choice lead to a BFA in Painting & Drawing from San Francisco’s Academy of Art in the Spring of 2000. 
On this site you will find images of my work from over the years with various camera technologies. ;-)


I gladly except private commissions and enjoy them.

Having a personal interest in the classic car hobby has lead to ‘automotive portraits’ for clients who wanted to create a memento of an epic road trip, a special family vehicle in their past, and even an impossible moment in time that could never exist from their automotive collection.
Projects in the past have ranged from larger works (a 5x7ft diptych) to smaller, more intimate 8x10" paintings as keepsakes and gifts.

Feel free to contact me regarding more information on commissions, I am happy to discuss your project. My rates are very affordable with a reasonable and agreed turnaround time. Custom sizing, framing and installation services are available, please inquire.

Fine Art Instruction:

I enjoy sharing my diverse artistic experience with others. Institutions and students have complimented on my ability to simplify and 'demystify' the visual art making process through my studio lessons and activities.

Currently I am instructing studio classes for the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, CA.

Figure Drawing
Saturday & Sunday, February 12 & 13th, 2022

For more info and registration :

Introduction to Painting
Saturday & Sunday, April 2 & 3rd, 2022
For more info and registration :

SATURDAY, Three Sessions
APRIL 23, 30, & MAY 7 

 9 AM – 12 PM

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Additional Plein Air Courses Scheduled for:

Three Saturdays July 9 – 23, 9am – 12 NOON
Three Saturdays, October 1 – October 15, 9 - 12 NOON

If you are interested in a class, workshop, group or private instruction, please feel free to contact me via the website's contact page.


Sacramento, CA:  May 26th -June 2nd 2018

​I am honored that a recent painting has been selected into Sacramento's Crocker Museum's 40th Annual Art Auction.

Visit the link below for more information:

Chico, CA:  Jan 19th-Feb 26th, 2016

 “Northern California Art,” still moments are captured in my paintings of scenes from Northern California. The show runs through Feb. 26 with an opening reception, 5-8 p.m., Feb. 5 at the gallery.

To learn more,  call 530-318-2105.