Roads Traveled: Paintings
by Shannon E. A. McNamara

Artist Biography

Shannon E. A. McNamara was born in Fort Dodge, IA. Her education is extensive, attending Ringling School for Art in Sarasota, FL; Kachina School of Art in Phoenix, AZ; University of Arizona, Tempe; Santa Monica College, and UCLA where she earned a certificate in photography.

McNamara enjoys creating in a wide range of mediums. She is a painter of oil and watercolor. She snaps excellent photos, creates mixed media pieces, makes her own prints, and brings three-dimensional pieces to life while sculpting.

After making Cambria, CA her home she immediately immersed herself in the Central Coast’s vast art world. She is a member of ARTS Obispo, Cambria Center for the Arts, Morro Bay Art Association, and The SLO Museum of Art. McNamara regularly enjoys painting plein-air with a local group in Cambria, The Wednesday Irregulars.

Of her work, McNamara says, “Painting plein air, in the open air surrounded by nature, is the most exciting time for me—to focus on the various elements and the challenges of bringing them to the canvas. My body of work reflects time spent in many beautiful locations here on the Central California Coast as well as other places in the United States and Europe.”