We had the good fortune of connecting with Shannon Palmer (deadhand) and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Shannon, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Good design and meaningful artwork can change the world. I had the great privilege of learning from some of the most passionate and talented designers and professors at CSU-Pueblo, and it is my responsibility now to turn that knowledge into something tangible and meaningful.

I often reflect on the feelings evoked when I look at Frida Kahlo’s paintings, or designs from the Bauhaus. These pieces of artwork can inspire hope, encourage reflection on pain and perseverance, and invite viewers to look internally to their own experiences. Sharing and communicating through art is what makes life worth living.

Verbal communication has always been difficult for me. When I envision a concept or idea, I think of arrangements, pictures, or movement. Pursuing an artistic career feels like a responsibility to myself and to others, to try to make life a bit more bearable for everyone. Artists start and help felicitate conversations, and can build and connect communities. Art can cross language barriers, age differences, and barriers of belief. Art can transcend death and become something seemingly immortal, if an artist is lucky enough.

It is my responsibility as an artist to sit with life’s experiences, good and bad, and turn them into something of value and growth. Look around you, there’s a designer or an artist behind nearly everything you see. That’s my job, to create something from nothing and make it meaningful and useful. Art can provide meaning to life that nothing else can and that reassures me that I have chosen the right career path. I have the power to create something that can communicate meaning long after I’m gone, and that is the greatest blessing I could ask for.

Create, or die.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My artist statement:

Translating dreams and physical experience into tangible form, my work poses thought-provoking questions and asks viewers to reflect within. Dreams, meditations, and visions inspire me to bring other realms to life using multi-media techniques. I invite others to share their thoughts about my works, to see where our subconscious minds align.

My formative years of training were in 2D media, and I became focused on painting. My bright style with a hint of death appealed to different audiences, and immediately helped me gain recognition through my signature painting style. I am big into networking, so every chance I get I show people my work, and talk about creating artwork. The wonderful thing about Pueblo is the more you can get to know people, the more resources and people you have to help you. It’s amazing. I’ve learned a lot about dedication to a craft, and am especially grateful for my professors at Colorado State University-Pueblo who taught me to be a real, professional artist and designer.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Pueblo has so many great spots. First stop, the Shamrock pub for drinks and lots of carbs. Downtown is a lovely area and I love stopping into Solar Roast for caffeine and dropping by Analogue to shop records. My artwork can be found at the Blo Back Gallery down in the Grove, so of course we would stop down there and take a walk through Bob Marsh’s silver park and visit Jeff Madeen for great discussion. From there, seeing the biking and walking trails down by the levee is a must as people can see the muralists at work. Not to be missed of course is Brues Ale House, where you can order a cocktail I named, thanks to the wonderful Artist Showcase they’ve started doing. Head down, and order an American Muse to get your evening going!

From there, there’s art galleries all downtown as well as local shops. Go support someone’s dreams! The beauty of pueblo is the love and the hope found here, and I love supporting the community with my patronage, and my dollar!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shoutout Tyler Shown. I met him years ago while Jolly Mule Productions were filming a commercial for a client, and he saw some of my paintings on the walls of the salon. He asked if I would come down and do some live painting at one of their events and that exposure has skyrocketed me in the direction I had so desperately been trying to steer myself in. Thank you Tyler for your dedication to the Pueblo Community and I hope he knows how his actions have changed people’s lives here. All it takes is one person to give you a chance and that can make a world of difference. Blessed.

Website: www.deadhandart.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deadhandart/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shannon-palmer-040057205/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deadhandart

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD6vx0bp08kr1sHQIrNDc9Q

Other: I offer commissions, murals, and professional design services. Please contact me to see how I can enhance your business with fine art from PUEBLO, CO!

Image Credits
Jeffry Moore Gillian Brown

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutColorado is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.