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. Spending time in the Adirondacks Shawn
developed esteem for nature. Since he was a young man, he 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.
In 2019 Shawn honored by receiving a Proclamation from Suffolk County Legislator Susan A. Berland bestowing
praise and admiration to him for his accomplishments in creating wildlife art over the past twenty plus years.
In 2012 the Lake George Steamboat Company purchased Shawn's bronze bald eagle piece "Majestic
Vision" and had it placed on an anchor which serves as the company"s Historical Marker in front of their building
on Beach Road in Lake George, New York.