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 worked to obtain a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta. After several years of practicing law, Shannon realized that she longed to pursue a career as an artist. Realizing that she had much to learn, Shannon packed her bags and moved from Edmonton, Alberta to Toronto, Ontario to study at the Academy of Realist Art. In 2015, Shannon won one of four scholarships awarded to students at the ARA.
Shannon's work has been featured in a number of exhibitions in Toronto. She is currently preparing a body of work.