Shannon Lively is an emerging artist of realist portraiture and figurative drawings and paintings. She grew up in Northern Alberta, born into a family of enthusiastic campers. A city girl at heart, Shannon made the most of her plight by bringing along her trusty table top easel during their many camping trips and drawing pictures that caught her eye in fashion magazines. By the age of 17, she completed her first commissioned oil painting for a client in New York.
Shannon subsequently studied at the University of Alberta where she studied for a Bachelor of Arts for three years before she began studying law. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and practiced law full-time for several years before she realized that she longed to pursue a career as an artist. Realizing that she had much to learn, Shannon packed her bags and moved to Toronto, Ontario in spring 2014 to study at the Academy of Realist Art. In 2015, Shannon won one of four scholarships awarded to students at the ARA. Shannon's studio is now located within the school.
Shannon's work has been featured in a number of exhibitions in Toronto and several arts publications.