ARTIST AND MUSICIAN SHANNON WHITWORTH lives in a renovated farmhouse with her husband and young son in the mountains of North Carolina.
After two critically acclaimed albums with the iconic bluegrass band, The Biscuit Burners, Whitworth released four solo albums, a duets album, and has garnered comparisons to singers from Patsy Cline to Billie Holiday, as well as contemporaries like Neko Case.
Like her music, her visual art is anchored in the dual landscapes that have informed her aesthetic: the mountains of North Carolina and the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
Shannon’s creativity effortlessly moves from one artistic medium to another creating deeply personal works based on her life experiences.
“Her artistic style is bold and strong, yet soft and detailed, abstract impressions that merge colors, shapes and textures in her unique interpretation of reality.”
Whitworth often paints coastal and low country art using mixed media - oils, acrylics, graphite, written lyrics - to effectively express her unique spiritual perspective.
As a teen, Whitworth filled journals with poetry. By the time she began college, she was already skipping class to play music.
“I was consumed by it. When a friend gave me Lucinda Williams’ first album, I had the vaguest notion that, just maybe, I could become a musician, too."
The first time Whitworth performed in front of a live audience was at a jam night in Asheville where she met the other founding members of her first bluegrass band.
After years of touring on the road, she left the band and released a spate of highly praised solo records, and she soon found herself building her life around her relationships with the people she loved and a new kind of art.
ART FOR DESIGNERS
Over the past few years, Whitworth’s paintings have found homes with a stable of interior designers throughout the country.
“When I first began painting, all of my art was coastal, but after settling into the land, I started seeing this landscape so clearly, and it’s reflected in my work. I’m living it.”
Her work has been featured in galleries, homes, retreats, clinics, and private collections belonging to the likes of Edie Brickell and Paul Simon.