Shannon Cross was born in Vancouver and grew up in Penticton, BC. Her formal education began in Kinesiology which led to policing in the city of Edmonton for ten years. Upon meeting her husband, she began living and traveling throughout the United States and Europe. Her experiences in Europe - the natural landscapes, cityscapes, and vivid colours - drew her interest toward painting.
Admiring countless artists' work enabled Shannon to study what she wanted to create, and her focus turned to expression through abstract painting. Art has fostered Shannon in a continuous love of learning. She focuses on light, colour, and depth, often using texture.
By using many layers of paint, Shannon creates rich and moving pieces inspired by waterscapes that she translates on canvas in often earthy tones.
Shannon currently resides in Kelowna, BC with her husband and two young children.