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Shannon the Bee at San Francisco Zoo

Shannon the Bee

About the Artist

   Shannon the Bee, formally known as Shannon Cummings, is an illustrator, designer, wildlife artist, scientific illustrator, and hand letterer who was inspired from an early age by nature and animals, consequently forming a profound interest and passion in environmental research and preservation. 

   She received formal training at the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) in Savannah, GA, earning a B.F.A. in Illustration and two minors in Scientific Illustration & Creative Writing. Her work outside of SCAD is most notably her contribution to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, where she illustrated a series of crocodilian paintings for theTeeth Beneath exhibit. She is also a featured artist and contributer in the year-long traveling art show, Little Slices of Heaven on U.S. 27.

   When she isn't drawing or reading articles, Shannon feels most at home being outside, looking for critters, or in her studio watching Twilight Zone re-runs and listening to stand-up comedy.

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