Shannon Kincaid loved drawing since early childhood and resolved at a young age to teach herself all she could about art and painting. Since her teens, she made her living exclusively by painting and singing, working to separate herself among Dallas artists and local portrait artists. When the opportunity came for her to study formally, she compressed a four-year curriculum into three years and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in studio art from Texas Christian University. She also earned a nomination for Who's Who in America's Colleges and Universities.
Accomplishments in the Realm of Dallas Fine Art
For many years, Kincaid was the "most sold artist" of the Florence Art Gallery in Dallas, defining her reputation among portrait artists. She's been selected from the pool of Dallas artists time and time again to create portraits of luminaries throughout the country including Tom Landry, Mickey Mantle, Mary Kay Ash, Byron Nelson, and June Lockhart. Her work is featured in collections all over the U.S. and Europe, refining her as one of the top artists in Dallas.
Kincaid’s Dallas paintings adorn the walls and halls of Baylor University Medical Center where a substantial collection of her paintings is featured in the gynecologic oncology unit. The new cancer center on Baylor's campus showcases a large body of her Dallas commissioned artwork, including a 25-foot long Texas landscape on the conference center level.
After September 11, 2001, Kincaid painted two life size pieces she considers among her most important work. "The New Twin Towers,” which helped outline her work among artists in Dallas, portrays a policeman and fireman at ground zero. Both have been part of numerous exhibitions and now have permanent homes in The New-York Historical Society and The New York City Fire Museum. Limited edition prints of these works sold out within days.
Special Recognitions as a Renowned Dallas Artist
In 2007, TORCH (Tales of Remarkable Courage and Hope) made its debut. TORCH is a book of stories by ovarian cancer survivors. Shannon painted the art for the cover, a heroic woman holding a torch, highlighting the way for others to follow. That painting now hangs on the gynecologic oncology unit at Baylor University Medical Center. In an effort to get attention on a national scale for this cause and the women at its heart, Shannon created a large painting of Oprah Winfrey cradling a child and sent it to her with TORCH materials inside the crate.
Winfrey later met with Shannon, accepted the painting and promised to let her know if she ever discussed ovarian cancer on her show. Meanwhile, the painting of Oprah was hung above the fireplace in the library of her school, The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Kincaid, a Dallas artist at heart who also embraces global travel, enjoys accompanying her son, an Irish Dancing champion, as he competes throughout Ireland, the United Kingdom, and America. Kincaid, inspired by the spirit of French Impressionist Edgar Degas, painted a series of portraits of the dancers backstage and during performances. She was featured in an international Irish dance magazine as the Entrepreneur of the Year for this body of work.
Dallas Artists in the Fight Against Cancer
In 2006, Kincaid won the Lilly Oncology International Art Contest for her painting "Will He Still Love Me? (Without My Breast)," which was chosen among 2000 entries from 43 countries. Her painting traveled to the Royal Academy of London for a week long exhibition and toured the world for the next two years.
In the same year, Kincaid was one of three judges for Snapshot of Survival, a national art contest called sponsored by Gilda's Club. She judged art submissions by survivors of colo-rectal cancer describing the journey of their experience through art. No other artists in Dallas were elected for this honorary position, which Kincaid still considers a privilege.
Music and Film Credits
Given up for adoption at birth, Kincaid found her birth parents in 1986. The result of that search was so remarkable that ABC made a movie about her life and search, "Love With a Twist," in 1989. Kincaid played the part of herself and was featured singing a song written for her about this experience, "Heaven." Earlier in the year, she sang the same song on the Grand Ole Opry. This journey in film and music only enhanced Kincaid’s grounded point of view as a Dallas artist.
In the summer of 2004, Shannon finished recording an album with three time Grammy winner Phil York, who submitted her album to the Grammy nominating committee. In the fall of that year, they learned that her album was a contender in the '05 Grammy race in three categories in the Pop genre: Best Album, Best Song, and Best Female Vocalist.