“My paintings portray the cowboy and ranch life I’ve personally known. My motivation is the nobility of these horseback men, my medium is canvas and a brush and by God’s grace I accomplish what is set before me.” -Shawn Cameron
Shawn captures moments in the lives of those who live and work on ranches today.
Hers was a world apart. From a young age she absorbed life around her filled with talk of cattle, weather, the smell of horse sweat and leather, the sound of hooves before dawn, the weariness of long days…and sense of purpose. Problems presented were solved and lessons learned. So… it had been for generations and remains still. Dean and Shawn remain involved in Arizona with the 6th generation of family cattle ranchers as they help their daughter, Kacie Tomerlin and her family, operate their ranch in Young, AZ They assist their son, Brooks Cameron and his family who continue on their cattle ranch that's been in the family over 80 years, south of the Grand Canyon. Their daughter and son-in-law, Dee Ann and Chris Littlefield, cattle ranch and train horses in Texas. With no memory of beginning she continues to record and preserve ranch life as it unfolds, through paint and canvas. God gave her a gift of observation to capture the beauty of fleeting moments that are re-lived by the viewer. They provide a window into a world she reveres. Her subjects are real and their story is true.
Learning is a life-long passion and the art world is an infinite resource. Although primarily self-taught, the mentoring of several prominent western artists helped her work grow and evolve into an a career that has spanned three decades. She remains grateful to all but especially Bill Owen, for generously sharing his knowledge in many areas, for Joe Beeler whose continued encouragement and support meant so much and to Robert "Shoofly" Shufelt who opened a door to the world of professional art.
Shawn explored many mediums as she began her art journey. She originally worked in graphite pencil then charcoal, colored pencil, water color, oil and bronze. The Mountain Oyster Club purchased her bronze, "Tail to the Wind" and exhibits it in the club. Today she primarily works in oil.
Resource material is gathered on the family’s ranch of Dean, other family members and cowboys as they work. These captured memories become visual references. They are taken to her studio where they are studied, drawn, re-drawn and finally arranged on canvas.
She is closely surrounded by critics for accuracy yet her goal is to grow in ability to portray the life few have experienced.
She follows a call for excellence and a drive to continue improving...
Her art has been featured on the cover of publications such as Western Art Collector, American Cowboy and Western Horseman. She's been a featured artist in a number of magazines including Southwest Art, Art of the West, Western Art Collector and Western Horseman.
View her website at shawncameron.com