1. Cool May Morning (2019) – oil on canvas; 30 x 48 in.
2. Autumn Skies (2019) – oil on canvas; 36 x 36 in.
For Shawn Marshall, painting is a practice; an outlet to release intuitive energy and let go of preconceived notions or self-imposed rules about how she interprets and portrays the world. Using palette knives and sharp edged tools, she creates a three-dimensional surface on the canvas; always striving to create a balance between the layers of impasto and the underlying surface. As a “Third Culture Kid”, she grew up overseas, lived in multiple countries, one of which was Beirut, Lebanon in the midst of the civil war in the 70’s. She saw violence and lived in fear. The one thing that appeared to remain peaceful was the landscape, specifically the horizon. The landscape is still and escape for her and her “practice” is restorative as she creates what she often calls “inward landscapes.”
Marshall earned a Master of Architecture with a minor in Fine Art from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky. She has received national and international recognition and is represented by Sozo Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Gallery 104, New York, NY, New Editions Gallery in Lexington, KY, and Craft(s) Gallery in Louisville, KY. Her work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections including Brown-Forman Corporation, PNC Bank, Commonwealth Bank, and the University of Kentucky.
© Shawn Marshall