Shannon Mendes has been apart of Vancouver's visual arts community since the late 90's. Her photographic artworks include one of Vancouver's first ever pop-up exhibits chronicling the vibrant social life in Cuba, an installation exploring transit's ability to connect people through public social spaces, and an interactive media project connecting the local economic, cultural and social groups of South Hill, Vancouver.
In addition to her fine art work, Shannon's editorial photography has taken her around the globe shooting reportage for Canadian, American and European Publications. Shannon has photographed and published over 150 portrait profiles of artists, musicians, activists, actors, educators and visionaries and over 250 larger scope editorial projects.
In 2014, after taking a few years at home to spend time with her young children, Shannon began a transition into the art of designing with nature.
From 2014-2016 she studied ecological landscape design, botany, organic practices, drafting, 3D modelling, and rainwater harvesting management alongside working in the field as an organic gardener. Her time in the field observing connections and interactions has greatly informed her design practice.
In 2016, Shannon began landscape designing full time, combining her years of digital and fine arts experience, her love of all things green growing and edible, and her passion to create healthy connections in her community.
Today, Shannon considers herself an ecological or regenerative landscape designer. Her plans prioritize connections, food, soil, water, animals, organisms (even those micro organisms), natural cycles, forest succession and overall community health.
Shannon is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and the Society for Organic Land Care (S.O.U.L). She has a Bachelors degree in Art from Emily Carr University, a Diploma in Organic Land Care and Ecological Landscape Design from Gaia College, and a Certificate in Permaculture Design from UBC.