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Shannon Runquist is a Realist Painter who was born in Savannah, Georgia.  She has spent most of her life in the coastal  & rural South.  Living on a barrier Island off the coast of Georgia & The Lowcountry of South Carolina she finds inspiration in these regions  and the elements & history  that define them.   Painting in oils, she has painted and studied in Europe, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.  


Shannon has participated in many national & international exhibitions.  She enjoys traveling and painting en plein air as well as working in her home studio. Her work hangs in both corporate and private collections in the United States and abroad.  She currently resides in Charleston, SC.

Artist’s Statement

“I would like for my paintings to convey a timeless aesthetic. They are often an extension of an emotion at the time I am painting but I hope remain ambiguous. I paint what I know, have collected or a place I have been. My favorite paintings are ones that tell a story but leave a little mystery up to the viewer.”

Born 1970, Savannah, Georgia



University Of Georgia

Florence Academy of Art  @

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art

Scottsdale Artist's School

Numerous Workshops in the U.S. & Abroad


Selected Exhibitions and Honors

2014 Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA Pay It Forward 

2013 Horton Hayes Fine Art, Charleston, SC, Water

2013 Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA WPW (R)evolution

2013 Elizabeth Pollie Fine Art, Harbor Springs, MI

2013 Oil Painters of American, Salon Petrosky, MI

2013 Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC - Evolution

2012 Gibbes Museum of Art, “Rock, Scissors, Art on Paper “

2012 The Bennington Center For The Arts, VT  “Artists For The New Century” 

2012  Cashiers NC Plein Air, Honorable Mention - Juror Julyan Davis

2012 Horton Hayes Fine Art, Charleston, SC  “Four Sight”

2012 Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA - The Expedition & Beyond :Women Painting Women

2011 Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC - What We Choose

2011 Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA - 6x6 Squared

2010 Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC - Women Painting Women

2010 Palmetto Bluff Arts Commission Juried Exhibit

2010 Salmagundi Club, Juried Exhibition, New York City

2010 Greenhouse Gallery,  San Antonio, Texas - Salon International Juried Exhibition

2010 Bucks County Gallery, New Hope, PA - Autumn Arts Challenge,

2009 Morris Whiteside Gallery & Sylvan Gallery - Charleston Art Auction

2009 Salmagundi Club, Juried Exhibition New York City

2009  Horton Hayes Fine Art - “Relics” Solo Exhibit

2009 Salon International Juried Exhibition, San Antonio Texas

2009 Anderson Fine Art – w/ Judith Kudlow & Christopher Groves

2008 Salmagundi Club, Juried Exhibition New York City

2008 Balsam Mountain Preserve, NC - Artist In Residence, October

2007 Paint America National Juried Exhibit Finalist

2007 Horton Hayes Fine Art - "Southern Bounty" Solo Exhibit,

2007 Charleston Fine Art Dealers Association -Exhibit The Sanctuary, Kiawah Island, SC

2006 Horton Hayes Fine Art - Group Show

2006 Charleston Symphony Designer Showhouse

2006 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Juried Exhibition - Charleston, SC 

2006 SC Signature Show, Award Winner 

2005 Joint Holiday Small Works Exhibition w/ Mark Horton - Mark Horton Studio Gallery 

2005 Charleston Outdoor Painters Association, COPA Annual Exhibition 

2005 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Juried Exhibition - Charleston, SC 

2004 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Exhibition - Honorable Mention Award 

2004 Charleston Outdoor Painters Association, COPA Annual Exhibition



Selected Press & Publications

2012 Charleston Magazine - Savoring The Everyday - Artist Profile - July

2012 National Public Radio - “Your Day” Feature  & Interview - July

2012 Art Mag - Cover Artist - Issue 15 - Summer

2010 Southwest Art Magazine - 21 over 31 Talented Artist To Watch  - November

2010 American Art Collector - “Timeless Treasures, Issue 53

2009 Elegant Island Living - Feature Article "Beach Girl At Heart"

2009 American Art Collector - Feature Article "Time & Place" Issue 49

2008 American Art Collector - Feature Article "Timeless Treasures" Issue 38

2007 Edible LowCountry -Feature Article "Food As Art"

2007 Art Galleries & Artists of the South Volume 5 Issue 2

2007 Elegant Island Living - October

2007 American Art Collector - May

2007 Carolina Arts - Feature Article - May

2006 Charleston County Parks  -  Feature & Cover "Blue's Brothers" 

2006 The Lantana Life - Featured Artist - Feature & Cover "Up a Creek" 

2006 Carolina Arts - December

2005 Carolina Arts - Feature Article - December 

2005 SC Art News Daily - December 


Current Gallery Affiliations 

Horton Hayes Fine Art, Charleston, SC 

West Wind Atelier, Harbour Springs, MI


Professional Affiliations

Oil Painters of America

Portrait Society of America

Celilia Beaux Forum

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