ShawnaLee’s style reflects a realistic fine arts approach that receive enthusiastic remarks from her clients for her ability to capture her subject’s heartwarming spirit. Portraits of dogs, cats, children, landscapes, and homes are frequently commissioned in a variety of artist’s media.
As a lifelong artist, her work has been recognized and published since childhood through bulletin board art shows to scoring the highest in High School AP by drawing “Horses, of Course”! She went on to graduate Cum Laude from Western Connecticut State University earning a BA in Studio Art and Graphic design/Illustration.
Publications include Arts & Activities, WCSU Alumni Front Cover, Equine Vision, Horseman’s Yankee Pedlar, The Equine Image, Connecticut Horse Magazine, Massachusetts Horse Magazine, Connecticut Magazine and Taproot Journal in addition to local CT news and social media. Awards have been garnered from events such as the Draft Horse Classic Art Show, Richter Association for the Arts, Watertown Art League, and Oxford Commission for the Arts. Her work has been collected throughout the US. Murals may be viewed at the Middlebury Congregational Church & Danbury Animal Welfare Society. ShawnaLee has participated in live sketch demonstrations for Pet Protectors, Inc., Watertown Art League, Whiskers Pet Rescue, News Channel 12’s Pet Talk program (7/7/13), the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, Manes & Motions & Hidden Acres therapeutic riding centers, and Pound Posse TV etc.
ShawnaLee has been sharing the love of drawing and painting her whole life. As youth art director and instructor at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, she taught courses and built programs dedicated to the arts prior to moving to Middlebury Ct.. ShawnaLee now offers a variety of semiprivate courses year round.
ShawnaLee supports local equestrian trails, animal welfare etc.. Her art has benefited the Danbury Animal Welfare Society, Moore Humane Society of North Carolina, Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue, Middlebury Congregational Church, Pet Protectors, Inc., Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center and more. Visit DAWS to view the Greeting Room Mural.
Memberships include the Richter Association for the Arts, Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, Middlebury Bridle Land Association, CT Horse Council & Volunteer Horse Patrol and Girl Scouts of CT.
Between commissions, ShawnaLee enjoys sketching her children, photographing the wildlife happenings in her yard, sewing clothes for her daughter’s dolls, taking her Girl Scout troop on adventures, researching genealogy, riding; walking the local trails, and the endless pursuit of creating!