Artist Mixes Realism With Abstraction In Vehicle Paintings

Girls and guys, we have found a great artist who loves to mix abstraction with realism in vehicle painting. We are talking about Shannon “Shan” Fannin and she lives in Austin, Texas. Whenever people see her artwork, all they do is ask “is that a photograph of a car/motorcycle, or is it a PAINTING?”

We are not exaggerating. Her art is simply amazing and it might trick you into thinking that art is a real vehicle. She says, “I really enjoy a painting that combines realism with a bit of abstraction. I look at my work as 95% realism, and 5% of my personality and sense of humor thrown in. I can never pull off complete realism. I admire those that do, but I need a bit more freedom in my work. Besides, if I tried for total realism, I’d never finish a painting. I’d always second guess myself and never be satisfied until the work was perfect. It would never be perfect. Instead, I shoot for a balance that incorporates the rules of perspective, color, shape, form and then I break a few of them.”

Shan has started making art fro 2014 and since then, she has also taken so many art classes. If you want to see more of her artwork, you can find it in the galleries in Texas and California. With her art, she wants to find art galleries that give a good platform to female realist vehicle painters. Also, she is a member of  American Women Artists, National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society of America, and the International Guild of Realism. 

Scroll down to see her artwork.

1957 Chrysler Imperial, 20″x20″ acrylic, by artist Shan Fannin, 2017

1972 Norton Commando 750, “16×20” acrylic, by Shan Fannin, 2017

1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III Parkward Sedanca DeVille, 48″x72″ acrylic, by Shan Fannin, 2017

From beginning to end – 2017 Harley Davidson CVO Street Glide, 24″x36″ acrylic, by Shan, 2017

1951 Chevrolet Pick Up Truck, 48″x60″ acrylic, by Shan Fannin, 2016

Shan with some of her work

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