Shannon Grissom

 

I was/am totally a late bloomer. I didn’t discover painting until I was 33! Oh I painted a bit with a group of ladies when I was in high school, but didn’t give fine art serious attention until later in life. I kinda let life get in the way. OK I really allowed life to get in the way. I just wasn’t focused. Once I finally realized I wanted to be professional artist, I was hooked and driven, I’d get up early each day to paint for a few hours before the start of my day job. This demanding schedule was worth the effort. By 1999, I was able to leave my day job, and began to do my art as a full-time business. And thus began the amazing ride… At 44 I began production of the television series, ”Give Your Walls Some Soul”. The inspirational how-to painting show grew from an audience of one station, to over 50 stations across the country. It was seen in over 10 million households, winning numerous awards. It is still airing today. At 46, I published my children’s book Monkey Made of Sockies. From that book came a line of licensed merchandise, a coloring book, and the popular Monkey Made of Sockies golf club headcovers that have been carried on tour by several LPGA pros. Today I am an award-winning artist, television producer/host, author and songwriter. My artwork is licensed and sold globally, and I just launched an online art school “Painterly.” I maintain a studio in Fresno, CA, and am the past President of Yosemite Western Artists. I’m grateful I finally figured things out, and feel it is my mission to support others on their creative journey.

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