An Artists Guide to Atlanta | Shannon Duley


When did you first start painting?

I’ve gravitated towards creating things for as long as I can remember! When I was really little, I would dye eggshells different colors, break them into tiny pieces, and then create mosaics.

What gives you inspiration?

My experiences. I’ve always been an observant person – taking in all of my surroundings no matter where I am. Building facades, signage, flowers & foliage, music, restaurant branding, fashion…everything.

Do you have a favorite city to visit?

My two homes away from home are Boston and Laguna Beach. I have family there, so I’m lucky enough to strike the perfect balance of exploring and relaxing when I visit.

What are your favorite things to do around Atlanta?

One of my favorite things to do is ride bikes with a few friends, stopping for food/drinks along the way. Places we like to stop include (but are not limited to) Bantam Pub, Wrecking Bar, Parish, Across the Street, and Folk Art.


Favorite Restaurant?

I love walking somewhere close – my go-to’s are La Fonda (paella del mar), Illegal Food (burgers and brussels sprouts like WOAH), Surin (the coconut soup is easily my favorite comfort food around, the origina TMac (boneless wings and a beer), and Fontaine’s (oysters on the half deck and my weakness – fried pickles) RIP Belly General Store – you will always have my heart. 

Favorite music venues around Atlanta?   

Terminal West is on the train tracks on the Westside and has a cool industrial vibe. The Tabernacle is another favorite – it has great character and architectural detail throughout the building, but enjoying a show outside at Chastain is hard to beat!

 Check out all of Shannon’s available pieces at the Gallery