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". As a testament to his abilities, his eagle sculpture "Majestic Vision"
was selected by the Lake George Steamboat Company to be placed on a 14 foot pole in a predominate area above the pilothouse
of the 138 foot paddle-wheel steamboat "Minne-Ha-Ha" on Lake George in New York. 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.
"Majestic Vision" bronze eagle sculpture
place on the Minne-Ha-Ha 2012