Shannon Runquist is a Realist Painter who was born in Savannah, Georgia.  She has spent most of her life in the coastal & rural South.  Living on a barrier island off the coast of Georgia & The Lowcountry of South Carolina, she finds inspiration in these regions and the elements & history  that define them.  Painting in oils, she has painted and studied in Europe, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

Shannon has participated in many national & international exhibitions.  She enjoys traveling and painting en plein air as well as working in her home studio. Her work hangs in both corporate and private collections in the United States and abroad.  She currently resides in Charleston, SC.

Artist’s Statement

“I would like for my paintings to convey a timeless aesthetic. They are often an extension of an emotion at the time I am painting but I hope remain ambiguous. I paint what I know, have collected, or a place I have been. My favorite paintings are ones that tell a story but leave a little mystery up to the viewer.”

Born 1970, Savannah, Georgia


University Of Georgia
Florence Academy of Art
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
Scottsdale Artist’s School
Numerous Workshops in the U.S. & Abroad

Selected Exhibitions and Honors

2014 Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA Pay It Forward
2013 Horton Hayes Fine Art, Charleston, SC, Water
2013 Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA WPW (R)evolution
2013 Elizabeth Pollie Fine Art, Harbor Springs, MI
2013 Oil Painters of American, Salon Petrosky, MI
2013 Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC – Evolution
2012 Gibbes Museum of Art, “Rock, Scissors, Art on Paper “
2012 The Bennington Center For The Arts, VT  “Artists For The New Century”
2012  Cashiers NC Plein Air, Honorable Mention – Juror Julyan Davis
2012 Horton Hayes Fine Art, Charleston, SC  “Four Sight”
2012 Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA – The Expedition & Beyond :Women Painting Women
2011 Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC – What We Choose
2011 Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA – 6×6 Squared
2010 Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC – Women Painting Women
2010 Palmetto Bluff Arts Commission Juried Exhibit
2010 Salmagundi Club, Juried Exhibition, New York City
2010 Greenhouse Gallery,  San Antonio, Texas – Salon International Juried Exhibition
2010 Bucks County Gallery, New Hope, PA – Autumn Arts Challenge,
2009 Morris Whiteside Gallery & Sylvan Gallery – Charleston Art Auction
2009 Salmagundi Club, Juried Exhibition New York City
2009  Horton Hayes Fine Art – “Relics” Solo Exhibit
2009 Salon International Juried Exhibition, San Antonio Texas
2009 Anderson Fine Art – w/ Judith Kudlow & Christopher Groves
2008 Salmagundi Club, Juried Exhibition New York City
2008 Balsam Mountain Preserve, NC – Artist In Residence, October
2007 Paint America National Juried Exhibit Finalist
2007 Horton Hayes Fine Art – “Southern Bounty” Solo Exhibit,
2007 Charleston Fine Art Dealers Association -Exhibit The Sanctuary, Kiawah Island, SC
2006 Horton Hayes Fine Art – Group Show
2006 Charleston Symphony Designer Showhouse
2006 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Juried Exhibition – Charleston, SC
2006 SC Signature Show, Award Winner
2005 Joint Holiday Small Works Exhibition w/ Mark Horton – Mark Horton Studio Gallery
2005 Charleston Outdoor Painters Association, COPA Annual Exhibition
2005 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Juried Exhibition – Charleston, SC
2004 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Exhibition – Honorable Mention Award
2004 Charleston Outdoor Painters Association, COPA Annual Exhibition

Selected Press & Publications

2012 Charleston Magazine – Savoring The Everyday – Artist Profile – July
2012 National Public Radio – “Your Day” Feature  & Interview – July
2012 Art Mag – Cover Artist – Issue 15 – Summer
2010 Southwest Art Magazine – 21 over 31 Talented Artist To Watch  – November
2010 American Art Collector – “Timeless Treasures, Issue 53
2009 Elegant Island Living – Feature Article “Beach Girl At Heart”
2009 American Art Collector – Feature Article “Time & Place” Issue 49
2008 American Art Collector – Feature Article “Timeless Treasures” Issue 38
2007 Edible LowCountry -Feature Article “Food As Art”
2007 Art Galleries & Artists of the South Volume 5 Issue 2
2007 Elegant Island Living – October
2007 American Art Collector – May
2007 Carolina Arts – Feature Article – May
2006 Charleston County Parks  –  Feature & Cover “Blue’s Brothers”
2006 The Lantana Life – Featured Artist – Feature & Cover “Up a Creek”
2006 Carolina Arts – December
2005 Carolina Arts – Feature Article – December
2005 SC Art News Daily – December

Current Gallery Affiliations

Horton Hayes Fine Art, Charleston, SC
Elizabeth Pollie Fine Art, Harbour Springs, MI
Anderson Fine Art, St. Simons, GA

Professional Affiliations

Oil Painters of America
Portrait Society of America
Cecelia Beaux Forum