Betty Shannon

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Betty Shannon

Betty Shannon is an Art Educator and Artist who currently lives and works in Aratula Queensland. She was born and grew up in Texas, USA. From an early age her love of both drawing and painting was evident and she received her first tutelage from her aunt who was a professional artist and restorer. Betty had a passion for horses and would draw every breed she read about.  Another area of focus, in her early years, was Native Americans of the Southwest due to her father’s heritage. Her mother was an Australian War bride and after graduating high school Betty came to Australia to meet her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. During her visit she met and married her husband Colin.  After working and travelling for 5 years, nationally and internationally, they decided to settle back in Australia in 1973.

In 1981 Betty started her own party plan business where she designed her own business cards and advertising posters. Her husband joined her in the business eighteen months later and they opened a retail shop. Within two years they became importers and wholesalers. Unfortunately, little time was available for art during this time.

In 1991, Betty’s love of art and dream of being a teacher inspired her to apply to go to university. Betty graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 1995 with a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) Honours with an Extended Major in Visual Art and a Minor in Business. Since her graduation, Betty has taught Visual Art and Business subjects at St Peter’s Luthern College (1 yr), Wynnum State High School (8 yrs) and The SCOTS PGC College (8 yrs).

While at The SCOTS PGC College in Warwick, Qld. she attained the position of Head of the Arts.  This required her to oversee curriculum and work program development and implementation in both Junior and Senior School areas for Visual Art, Drama and Music. During this time, Betty was also a panelist on Education Queensland District Senior Visual Art panel that monitored and verified senior student work. Betty’s dedication and innovative approach to teaching was recognized when she was awarded the ASG National Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010.

On her retirement from full time teaching in 2012, Betty continued with her love of teaching by doing supply and contract work for Education Queensland at Killarney State School, Warwick State High School and Boonah State High School. She has also held adult and youth Art workshops in Basic Drawing, Portraiture, Picasso Cubist Portraits (mixed media) and Creative Drawing and Painting. Betty has also completed commissioned portraits and clay sculptures.

Over the last few years Betty has focused on expanding both her skills development and personal style.  In order to do this she has attended workshops with Don Ward, Deborah Allison and Liz Haywood-Sullivan (USA); Cherry Hood, Sandra Temple, George Gittos, Kate French and Lyn Diefenbach.

Betty believes that for growth it is so important for artists to build a strong network of like minded individuals.  Therefore her Professional memberships include Boonah Art Society Inc., Pastel Society of Australia and Flying Arts Alliance.

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