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 designed to engage and introduce the diverse cultural and social groups of the South Hill community.
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 200 larger scope editorial projects.
In 2014, after taking some time at home to spend with her young children, Shannon began a transition into the field designing with nature.
From 2014-2016 she studied landscape design, botany, organic land care practices, drafting, soil health, 3D modelling, and rainwater management. Alongside her studies she worked as an organic landscape horticulturist. This in-field experience observing the connections and interactions of healthy soil and ecosystems has greatly informed her design practice.
In late 2015, Shannon began landscape designing full time; combining her 12+ years as an experienced creative professional with her love of all things green, growing and edible with her passion to create healthy community connections. Enhancing these connections Shannon also studied sustainability education and co-wrote a pilot course introducing grade school children to the concept of stewardship and legacy of plants.
EDUCATION & COMMUNITY
Today, Shannon is a full time landscape designer and part-time horticulture technology educator. She specializes in ecological, regenerative and sustainable landscape design. Her plans prioritize climate resiliency, ecological connections, food security, soil and water health, habitat, natural cycles, forest succession, social benefits 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 that includes Ecological Landscape Design and Rainwater Management from Gaia College, and a Certificate in Permaculture Design from UBC.