Liann Shannon

is creating The Garden Lavelle (19%)

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About Liann Shannon

This book is dedicated first to Mr. Clyde, the gardener down the street. 

I passed his jungle garden on a bike ride during the summer of 2020 and he has been teaching me lessons in mindfulness ever since. We sit amongst his tropical flowers, ferns, leaves, trees, vines, bushes, and talk about where he's been, where he's going. He's open about his fears, his changing body and mind, his hopes for the time he has left. 

By being around him, you learn to laugh for nothing and wonder at bird baths and healthy compost and good rains. He breaks my heart open with his love for humanity, mother nature, and creating hope from tiny things.

This book actually started as a random series of illustrations for him, and we both enjoy visiting over them whenever one gets finished.  A year later, it's time to give the series a solid direction. I want to put a finished book in Mr. Clyde's hands and show him he has a garden living on in the hearts and minds of other people.


"The Garden Lavelle" will be an art book with 30 illustrated side stories on:
  • All those kinds of love we feel for one another based on where we are in life, and how our identities come from the way we earn and lose those kinds of love.
  • Our whole heritage: the community of nature, relearning how to be human, and the simplicity of home.
  • Conversations with our bodies and minds.
  • Staying sane by finding clean, clear, wide open spaces in the middle of our modern lives. 
  • Losing god and finding your own version of it. 
  • Observation, acceptance, discipline, love, empathy.

With help from you guys, my goal is to quit freelancing or at least be able to take on fewer clients so that more of my day can be dedicated to working on this book. I'm regularly sharing high-res artwork, excerpts, and behind-the-scenes content here on Patreon but the full written stories I'm saving for the final book!


  • Living in Taiwan, it would only take 27 people in my 4th tier, or 12 people in my 5th tier to be able to quit my job and work full-time on this dream project.
  • At zero patrons, this project will take 18 months.
  • It really helps so much to spread the word to anyone you think would be invested in an illustrated world of mindful parables!

-Liann <3

PS: You can find my website links here!
36% complete
Neighborhood-sized! 30 people hugging me through the internet and telling me we're all onto something. From here on out, it just gets easier, right? :D

The biggest, most important thing right now is getting the word out there. My dream is to be able to quit freelancing completely so that I can work full-time on deeper, more personal projects like this, The Garden Lavelle. Feel free to let your friends and family in on this! The more the merrier hehe
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