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.
As a testament to Shawn’s 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. His work is sought after by wildlife-art collectors around the country.
See his work below and pieces more at his website.