Shanon lives and paints in her native Portland, Oregon. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and also attended the School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
She positions her art within the Protean - Chameleon School of Painting, a fictional movement that encompasses her versatile style and the ways in which she adapts her methods to suit whichever theme she is currently exploring. Working in series, Playford first selects a concept and then determines the best way to express it. She says that “with every new series, there is usually a new challenge” in the form of a previously untouched subject, style or medium.