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Shannon Holms -Visual Artist and Storyteller

Over my career, I have melded visual arts with other forms of communicative arts.


I have worked in a wide range of roles including art director, marketing director, communications director, engagement director as well as a makeup artist, a stage and set designer, mural painter on the sides of large buildings and a writer. I have worked in graphic arts, television, photography, magazines and three dimensional trade show installations.   In addition to working as a Senior Level Executive during my thirty year career with the provincial government,  I painted and participated in a number of art shows, listed below:


•2014 - Ministry of Justice Fine Art show

•2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 - Ministry of Health Sixth floor Fine Art Show

•2017 - Mary Winspeare Art Show with Nicholas Pearce

•2018, 2019 - Ministry of Health Fifth Floor Fine Art Show

•2019 - Mary Winspeare “About Face” Portrait Show with Nicholas Pearce

•2019 - Coast Collective Ocean Show

•2020 - Gage Gallery Crisis in Creativity Art Show

•2020 -Tribute to Dr. Bonnie Henry Ministry of Health Art Show

•2020 - Xchanges Gallery Membership Art Show

•2020-2023 - Remax Oak Bay Avenue – Ongoing Solo Show and Artist in Residence

•2021 – Sooke Fine Arts Show - Online Exhibition

•2021 – Art Gallery of Greater Victoria - Moss Street Paint In - Online exhibition

•2021 – Ministry of Health Solo Show – B.C. Healthcare Heroes – Main Lobby (Closed to the public)

•2021 – Ministry of Health Group Spring Show – Fifth Floor

•2021 – Xchanges Art Gallery Members Show

•2021 Gage Gallery Group Show – One of a Kind Winter Exhibition and Sale

-2022 Gage Gallery Community Engagement Show - Courage and Compassion:  B.C. Healthcare Heroes

- 2022 Gage Gallery Solo Show - The Hour of Hush and Wonder

- 2022 - Art Gallery of Greater Victoria - Moss Street Paint in

- 2023 - Art Gallery of Greater Victoria - Moss Street Paint in


Since 2019, I have been working as a full time artist.  I am a former member of the Gage Gallery Collective as well as the Xchanges Art Gallery and Collective. I I am the Artist in Residence at the Remax Camosun Oak Bay Office.


My most recent works explore the magic, joy and wonder of being alive.  These works manifest in starry nights, sunsets in locations around Victoria and the beautiful birds that fly throughout our community.


My paintings are held in private collections in Canada, the United States and Japan.

Shannon Holms Bio

I was born in Canada, and have spent most of my time on, or around, Vancouver Island, I have always been involved with the creative arts.

I started drawing and painting as soon as I could hold a pencil and paint brush in my hand. 

Inspired by light, beauty, boldness and colour, I paint the natural world and portraits. The light that surrounds us defines our reality, and it's part of everything we see, do, experience and understand.  Some of the most beautiful moments last only an instant. To catch the light and capture this moment in time is my goal, my passion and my inspiration.

Inspired by Klimt, Van Gogh, John Singer Sergeant, Hokusai, and Monet, my style is post impressionistic highlighting light, colour, symbolism and drama.

I studied Fine Arts at the University of Victoria; Graphic Design and Broadcast Journalism at Camosun College; attended Simon Fraser University and obtained a Bachelor in Applied Sciences with a major in Communications as well as post graduate studies at the University of Los Angeles. 

In addition to painting, I have won awards for my work in communications and engagement:  The Silver and Bronze Quill Awards from the International Association of Business Communicators and the Canadian Award for engagement from the International Association of Public Participation.

My paintings are held in private collections in Canada, the United States and Japan.

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