ART by STEVE SHAW
ACRYLIC POUR PAINTINGS.
I'm an artist and teacher residing in Atlanta, Georgia with my wife Natalie and children, Marin and Finn. When I'm not teaching art at The Schenck School or fishing for trout in the Chattahoochee River, I'm in my studio painting.
My journey into the art world is different than most. I grew up in north Georgia but headed West when it was time for college. After earning an economics degree from Colorado College, I eagerly joined the business world. Almost immediately I knew my life was off course and within six months, I traded in my coat and tie for shorts and docksiders. I obtained a captain’s license and spent 7 years as a sailboat captain in Key West, Florida. It was in the Keys that I realized my true calling — art and teaching.
In 1994 I left Key West and my life as a boat captain to pursue a career as an artist and teacher. I moved to Atlanta and studied art at Georgia State University. In December of 1997 I graduated with honors, earning a B.F.A. in Art Education which allowed me to combine my two greatest loves as I am now a full time art teacher.
Most of my art focuses on fish. I've made jewelry, sculptures, drawings and paintings all related to fish. Recently I have been dividing my time between two different forms of fish themed art, The Beach House Series and The Mountain House Series. The Beach House Series combines the glowing colors of stained glass with the excitement of salt water gamefish. The Mountain House Series is made up of hanging sculptures that I create using sticks, shells and stone. I gather these natural materials while hiking and fishing. Then I combine them to create complex images of fish and their environment.
My work has been featured in several coastal Galleries...
Dan Goad Gallery, St. Simon's Island, GA
Jill Goad Gallery, Sea Island, GA
Mullet Beach Gallery, St. Augustine, FL
Mon Image Gallery, Grayton Beach, FL
The Wave Gallery, Key West, FL
Lion's Share Gallery, Fair Hope, AL
My artwork was also featured in Marlin Magazine's 2002 Off Shore Art Gallery
I've also illustrated three children's books