Rosalux Member Since 2015
Shannon Estlund’s paintings of natural spaces use overlapping imagery, expressive
color, repeating pattern, and abstracted form as a metaphor for a subjective and ever-
changing perception of reality. Viewpoints are chosen to create an experience of “being
there” for the viewer. Shadow, light, and pattern obstruct or complicate a descriptive understanding of these places. Instead, the paintings offer a psychological interpretation
of each chosen site, illustrating an appreciation for the impermanent and interdependent nature of things.
Estlund is an artist and educator living in Fridley, MN with her husband and two
daughters. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and received her B.F.A. from the University of Florida. She
has received numerous grants for her work including several Minnesota State Arts Board
Artist Initiative grants and two Community Foundation Art Ventures grants in her native
Florida. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at museums and galleries including the Crisp Ellert Art Museum (FL), the Elmhurst Art Museum (IL), Soo
Visual Art Center (MN), the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens (FL), and at the National Galleries of Scotland. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings
and Studio Visit magazines.