Born and raised in Cape Town, Shannan has been actively involved both in the Fine Arts as well as the Film and Commercials Production Industry since graduating with a Bachelor of Technology degree in the Fine Arts.
She is currently a Visual Effects Artist and Animator at one of the top Post-Production houses in Johannesburg. Creative 'brainstorming' processes such as pre-visualisation / concept art / storyboarding and character design are evident influences in her designs. She has a Diploma in Advanced Character Animation from Animation Mentor in San Francisco and has attended the "Gobelins l'école de l'image" Summer School in Paris. She won 1st Prize for a Matte Painting created for a South African digital arts challenge.
In her latest body of work, Shannan explores the notion of creativity founded in the practice of doodling and the ability to keep in touch with one's child side. She takes artworks she has created over many years and places them together to create a random juxtaposition. Additional lyrical phrases are intended to express and stimulate the creative, whimsical side of the mind. Her pieces are visually vibrant and the narratives she creates are naive, warming, nostalgic and quirky