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Artist Steve Shannon


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Biography


I grew up in Levittown, NY and at a very early age became interested in art, watercolors, and sculpting clay. I used to go to the baseball fields of Levittown l to pick-up clay and bring it home to make bowls and experiment with clay sculpting. I later used these crafting skills in a more practical way in the field of dental restoration. At age 26, I married my high school sweetheart, Lida, and together we raised a family of four kids. We currently reside in the picturesque town of Northport on Long Island.  
Through my dental technician career, I was able to master ceramic and glazing. I started my dental restoration business in 1985 and have dedicated over 35 years to perfecting and refining my craft. I've learned over the years that dental restoration is a very disciplined craft. In an unlikely comparison, I have found the skills needed in art and the practice of painting and sculpting mirrors the art of dentistry. I enjoy the freedom of art and I believe this shows in my work.
I enjoy to paint wet alla prima. I particularly love the impressionists of the 19th century and this style has heavily influenced my painting and my ability to put motion and emotion in my work. I have always been a romantic, optimistic, and positive person, and I would like to think I have imprinted that in my work. I want people to see simple beauty, not complicated, but free.
I am also a sculptor but when I work with stone for some reason my work comes out a little more serious. Doing stonework can be a lonely arduous procedure. You don't do it just in one day, it takes many hours over the course of a few weeks. Having made dental crowns and working with three-dimension for so many years, I have gained unique insight and abilities to make my sculptures natural.
I look forward to taking this new journey into the art world and [...]

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