Here is a list of my top 10 favorite artists in no particular order. These artists have inspired and influenced my work in many ways. There is no way my little blurbs will do these creators any justice so please check out their work for yourselves.
Doug and Mike Starn - Their work first exposed me to alternative process photography and different ways to experiment with displaying photographs. When I first started learning photography (yes, in a dark room many moons ago) I loved the process but wanted more. I wanted to use my hands and be more intimate with each piece. Seeing the Starn brothers push the boundaries of photography really inspired me.
Gustav Klimt - I am in love with his work. I think everyone has seen his image The Kiss but he has so many other amazing pieces as well. I hope one day to be able to see some of his work in person.
Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison - Robert and Shana are a married artist couple who create painfully beautiful photographs. These are the kind of photographs I always wanted to make. They are so thoughtful and imaginative. I was able to see one of their pieces recently at a local art fair and was blown away.
Joseph Cornell - Assemblage will always be my first love and I think Joseph Cornell is the king of assemblage artists. He creates fascinating little worlds you can easily get lost in. I saw an exhibition of his artwork at the SFMOMA and fell even deeper in love.
Sue Blackwell - My first experience with book art was viewing the work of Sue Blackwell. Her work took me to a wondrous and enchanting place filled with fairy tales and mysteries.
Nick Bantock - I discovered the work of Nick Bantock with his Griffin and Sabine book series. Such magical and wonderful books, one can easily get lost in the stories and imagery. I love all of his other books and artwork as well. I was fortunate enough to see a large collection of his work at the in Denver a few years ago.
Man Ray - I enjoy all of the Dada artist but Man Ray in particular. He was such a versatile and Avant-garde artist.
Dale Chihuly - I had always thought glass art was beautiful but it never really moved me until I saw a Chihuly exhibit at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. It was extraordinary! The way they displayed and lit the sculptures really brought everything to life. The work really seemed to fill all of the senses.
Hieronymus Bosch - While some teens have posters of their favorite bands or actors on their walls I had a poster of The Garden of Earthly Delights on mine. I could sit and look at it for hours and always find new things.
Ernst Haeckel - How can a natural history loving girl like myself not adore Ernst Haeckel. His illustrations are amazing and so detailed. The colors and forms are incredible and so inspiring.
There are many more artists whose work I admire, if you want to see some of them check out my pinterest board Art Inspirations
Contemporary encaustic artwork by Shannon Amidon. Reclaimed and earth friendly materials used to create timeless, layered, natural motifs. Inspired by the briefness of life & the wonders of the natural world.