Artist Shannon Mucha was born in Missouri, grew up in The Woodlands, moved around a bit and now lives in Montgomery. She’s a stay-at-home mom, leads a high school literature class and is working on a children’s book as well as her master’s degree in fine arts.
She’s also an incredibly talented painter.
The realistic-yet-graphic style of Mucha’s bears, cows, rabbits and other familiars are notable by her use of bold color and texture, giving each a painted and often humorous look to them. Her paintings are hard to look away from.
AV: Where did you start your art career?
SM: “I studied graphic design and illustration about 20-plus years ago. I first worked as a corporate artist for Landry’s painting murals and hand lettering their various restaurants around the states. It was a fun first job right out of art school. I loved the travel. After that, I worked for a design firm focused on museum exhibit design, print collateral and environmental design. After my first child, I stayed home to homeschool my kids while continuing to do freelance work throughout that time. I completed my (bachelor’s degree) in 2016 and a little over a year ago I began pursuing my painting business. This has allowed me to travel again, this time with my family, doing art shows and selling my own artwork.”
AV: Tell us about your paintings.
SM: “My current body of work is texture and color driven. I love the communication aspect of these specific areas of visual art. Acrylic and oil paint are excellent mediums for delivering both bold color and strong texture. My recent work has been in response to the literature and various great books I have been working through in preparation for my master’s degree. Many of the characters in the literature I’m reading appear as animals in my paintings. This body of work also includes abstracts and portraits of authors.”
AV: Do you create in any other mediums?
SM: “I love drawing, both in graphite and in pen and ink. I also enjoy watercolor, graphic design and digital illustration.”
MC: Where can we find you?
SM: “I will be at the (First Saturday Arts Market) and The Market at Sawyer Yards in January and February, and the Bayou City Art Fest Memorial Park in March.”
Follow Mucha online at mucha-art.com
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards. Find him at ArtValet.com