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Casey Shannon BFA, MS

Artist and Instructor

Artist Biography

Casey Shannon is a contemporary sumi-e artist literally painting the ‘sound of one hand’. She is an acclaimed international artist and has exhibited her work locally and world-wide. She has won many awards for her work including the prestigious ‘Sumi Art Cultural Award’ from the Jade Buddha Temple, LaioNing Province in AnShan City, China. Casey holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Choiunard Art Institute Los Angeles, Ca., Teaching Credential from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Master of Science Degree from California State University, Long Beach. She has studied with renowned Chinese Painter Lian Quan Zhen and Master Sumi-e artist Henry X Li ( Ji-yi-lou-zhu).  


Casey is the creator, developer and presenter of workshops called ‘Artitude’ which are art activities healing in nature. She was a fashion designer in the garment district in downtown LA for a short while. And, even owned and operated a small boutique in North Hollywood. Casey taught art in public high school for 10 years and now currently teaches in community college and has for the last 25 years.


Casey is the survivor of a massive brain-stem stroke and paints solely with her non-dominant left hand. She used her art as an integral part of her healing.


Casey’s professional organizations include: Sumi Society of America (active member), Carmel Valley Art Association (featured artist), Oregon Society of Artists (featured artist), and a member of the elite Seal Carving Gyoku-seki Society in China.


Casey was asked by Master Sumi Painter Ransui Yakata of Tokyo, Japan to become the Director of The North America Branch of  ICCPS – International Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society. She has held this position since 2010. ‘The Soul of Nature’ is Casey’s inspiration for her art. Her medium is sumi (ink) and Japanese watercolor on Xuan.


Artist Statement 

I am a contemporary Sumi-e artist reaching beyond the limits of traditional ink painting and creating the ‘sound of one hand’. My paintings one would not generally call traditional sumi-e. However, I adhere to the traditional sumi-e principles and philosophies, as well as, the traditional preparation before beginning a sumi-e painting. Sumi-e expresses the character and soul of the artist. It is a meditative process and spiritually personal. Understanding this concept has been at the center of my art.
I am currently the Director of the North American Branch of ICCPS - International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society. This is a global society dedicated to the ancient art of sumi (ink). Sumi Society

Click Here to read about my amazing journey of healing through the creative process and my Victory over Stroke to 'The Sound of One Hand'.

Graduate HCI Team Casey and Gabe ~ Click pix to see a slide show of graduate teams. You'll cry!

Featured Artist
Active Member
Director North American Branch

China Seal Carving Gyoku-seki Society
Active Member

Seal Carving Society

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Casey and Gabe working at Cabrillo College

Partial List of Artistic Accomplishments

Southern California
Walt Disney Studios, Burbank

1st Place Watercolor-Professional Division
Manhattan Beach Art Association
Juried Exhibit

Orange County Art Educators Association
Workshop Presenter and Exhibit

Huntington Beach Art Association
Juried Exhibit

California State University, Long Beach
One Woman Exhibit-Art Gallery

Northern California
Cabrillo College Stroke Center, Santa Cruz
One Woman Exhibit-Pre and Post Stroke Art

Open Studios, Santa Cruz
Studio Exhibit

Santa Cruz Art League

ARTitude Workshops,
Santa Cruz, San Jose, Modesto
Designer, Creator, and Presenter

Lauryn Taylor Fine Art Gallery,
Juried Exhibit

Napa Valley Art Museum

Cabrillo Art Gallery
Juried Exhibit

Valley Girls Art Gallery
Juried Exhibit

Moss, Norway

Oncology Magazine of Canada - Cover Art

Tokyo, Japan - Exhibit by Invitation Only

Descartes, France - Exhibit

China Museum of An Shan City,
LaioNing Province - Exhibit

Toronto, Canada - Art for Cancer Foundation Exhibit

Parc Oriental de Maulévrier, France - Exhibit

Jade Buddha Temple - China - Exhibit
AnShan City - Award Winner!
Orange Regional Gallery - Exhibit
NSW, Australia

Sumi Art Cultural Award - Medal and Certification


I am honored to be an invited Artist and Counselor to the International Chinese Calligraphic Art and Ink Painting Artist Institute in Tokyo Japan headed by Master Sumi-e painter Ransui Yakata. I serve as the Director of the North American branch of the society.


Wonderful article about me in "Beyond Calligraphy" online magazine.
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This is a great reference. It is a book for stroke survivors, their friends and family, their caregivers, and health care professionals. This book has many contributors. I wrote a chapter in this book called, 'Aha, There is a Reason'. My chapter starts on page 161. You can read an excerpt of my contribution by Clicking Here Search Casey Shannon.

Click Here to learn more about my Service Dog Gabe and his wonderful trainers.

Click Here to visit my Sumi-e Art Blog.

Manhattan Arts International Magazine

Manhattan Arts International Magazine has a lovely article about Casey and her sumi-e art that was written by Renee Phillips of New York. Please click on the Logo to read the article.

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