“I find the world around me, and the living human experience beautiful beyond words, if (eventually) fantastically scary. The closer I look, the more spectacular the view becomes. Painting has allowed me to see more, to perceive more of the full spectacle. Painting then also allows me to present that spectacle in a robust form.”
Shaun paints using a large scale plein air method. He starts and finishes his large canvases on site, by returning day after day to the same place and light, in the manner of Claude Monet. On the other hand Shaun paints with an American hard-edge more akin to Rockwell Kent, Edward Hopper, or
Georgia O’Keefe. Shaun has developed among the most intense and sustained plein air painting methods to date, working over a thousand hours per year in plein air. Shaun was raised an only child on a hobby dairy farm in upstate New York. Shaun credits early encounters with Rockwell Kent paintings for planting the seed for his eventual commitment to painting.
“I paint in a way that maximizes the amount of time I get to look. I believe that accurate and practiced observation is a powerful learning tool. I seek to understand my world, my paintings, myself, by looking carefully and without prejudice. Painting from direct observation is the best way I know to hone my ability to see what I don’t expect. I do not know a profession that allows more time for looking than the creation of observed paintings.”
For the last two years Shaun has participated in the Gilcrease Museum, Collector’s Reserve: Small Works Show. Most recently Shaun was invited as a guest artist to Maynard Dixon Country, an invitational gathering of artists, collectors, community and friends who love art.
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