Shawn uses a variety of methods to create her depictions of birds and forest, loons and landscapes. She carves wood, but she also paints on canvas or wood, uses natural or dyed bark, and mixes these various media together to create interesting and compelling textures and illustrations.
In the last few years she has produced a collection of Jewelry incorporating the same wood that she uses in her carvings along with metals and glass beads.
Shawn studied the arts at Cazenovia College and Syracuse University, graduating with a BFA in Sculpture. Since then she has worked in wood block printmaking, mixed media collage, and wood carving. Shawn has exhibited her work throughout New York State at the Schweinfurth Art Center, Remington Art Museum, Cooperstown Art Association, Adirondack Museum, View Art Center, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Giant Mountain Gallery, Adirondack Artist Guild, Northwind Fine Arts, Pendragon Theatre, Adirondack Loon Conservancy and Broad Street Gallery in Hamilton. She held the position of Adjunct Professor of Studio Art at Paul Smiths College and has been a member artist at Northwind Fine Arts Gallery and Cazenovia Artisans Gallery.
All wood used for carving comes from the Adirondack Mountains and is sustainably harvested or from storm blow down. Bark is only cut from trees that have already fallen on the forest floor. Cutting bark from live trees permanently scars and weakens the tree. -Shawn