The realistic approach that Shawn McAvoy reflects
in his sculptures is a testament to his respect for the natural world. His attention to every detail is precise, depicting
his subjects in an exceptional fashion, capturing extreme realism from every angle. Shawn’s inspiration, in part, came
from visiting Sagamore Hill, President Teddy Roosevelt’s home in Oysterbay, New York, located not far from Shawn’s
own home. It was there that Shawn learned about Teddy’s wilderness adventures out West and his love for wild creatures
and unspoiled lands. Thankfully, the president had the foresight to set aside land across the nation for us all to enjoy forevermore—national
forests and parks and federal bird reservations. Spending time in the Adirondacks, as Teddy Roosevelt had years earlier, Shawn
developed esteem for nature. Since he was a young man, Shawn had an opportunity to observe the wildlife of the North Country
while staying at the family cabin in Indian Lake and hiking through the forest. This seemed to spark Shawn’s own imagination.
Shawn sketched the animals he saw in the woods, and as an adult he experimented with different mediums until he found his
niche—sculpting in his own unique style.
Since he began sculpting wildlife in 1996, Shawn's work has been well received. The attention to
detail and his ability to capture numerous species with accuracy has earned him the respect of his peers, such as the late
world-renowned equine sculptor Marlyn Newmark, V.P. and Juror of the "Society of Animal Artists". Upon viewing
Shawn's sculpture "Majestic Vision" in an art show they did together in 2012 with their art group "Seven and
Seven", she simply said, "The Best". Shawn's "Right Whale Breaching" piece has been included in a televised special "The Secret
Life of Georgia's Whales" produced by Atlanta based WSB-TV. His work is sought after by wildlife art collectors across
the nation. His sculptures have been exhibited in the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain, New York and in galleries throughout
the country including Kalispell, Montana; Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts; Lenox, Massachusetts; Darien, Connecticut; Bolton
Landing, New York; Queensbury, New York; Orient, New York; Manchester, Vermont; and Key West, Florida. The drama depicted
in his sculptures makes them come alive, as if freezing for a moment in time.