Featured Artist Dorothy Bury Shaw

Artist Dorothy Bury Shaw uses her artwork to take the viewer on a spiritual journey. Enjoy, and visit her website to see more of her portfolio.

 

 "Wiser, Stronger, Braver" Archival Inks on Premium Acid Free Papers  9" x 12"  (2014)

“Wiser, Stronger, Braver” Archival Inks on Premium Acid Free Papers 9″ x 12″ (2014)

 

Born and raised in Chicago, I graduated from the Chicago Academy of Fine Art for my formal training. These days I reside in the western Chicago metropolis. In the early years of my career, I taught art to children and freelanced in illustration. My professions since then have always been creative, but recently I made a life-changing return to my own art, full time.

 

  "Everyday Priestess"  Archival Inks on Premium Acid Free Papers  9" x 12"  (2014)

“Everyday Priestess” Archival Inks on Premium Acid Free Papers 9″ x 12″ (2014)

 

My heart swells with gratitude and amazement in seeing how every person I’ve met, every job I’ve had, and every place I’ve lived has each contributed to the art I am creating today. I am a wife, a mother and a grandmother. I read a great deal, have a horse, travel a bit, enjoy nature and embrace life. My inner thought life and spirituality are incredibly rich.

 

     "The Mermaid's Secret" Archival Inks on Premium Acid Free Papers  9" x 12"  (2013)

“The Mermaid’s Secret” Archival Inks on Premium Acid Free Papers 9″ x 12″ (2013)

 

I create hand colored ink drawings with intricate detail. Every piece has a message. There are symbols and subtleties that engage both mind and spirit.  When I am told my work leads a viewer inward it tells me I’ve succeeded. My desire is to touch others, soul to soul.

 

     "Hallelujah Quartet"  Archival Inks on Premium Acid Free Papers  9" x 12"  (2013)

“Hallelujah Quartet” Archival Inks on Premium Acid Free Papers 9″ x 12″ (2013)

 

I begin with a hazy but compelling concept followed by a mental visualization, and sometimes a story to tell. Then comes the line drawing that is incredibly time consuming, sometimes taking over 100 hours for this step alone. Then I add color which expands my message.

 

     "Simple Pleasures"  Archival Inks on Premium Acid Free Papers  9" x 12"  (2014)

“Simple Pleasures” Archival Inks on Premium Acid Free Papers 9″ x 12″ (2014)

 

My most recent work has explored transformation of the human spirit, freedom from fear, the breadth of a mother’s love, the call to live life in service to others, and the power of prayer. While this all may sound quite intense, I also create pieces for the sheer fun in it.

 

     "Worthy of Trust"  Archival Inks on Premium Acid Free Papers  9" x 12"  (2013)

“Worthy of Trust” Archival Inks on Premium Acid Free Papers 9″ x 12″ (2013)

 

My art seeks to take us closer to full realization of how wondrous, powerful and delightfully complex we are.  Art is my calling, my job is to share it.

 

     "A Prayer's Release"  Archival Inks on Premium Acid Free Papers  8 3/4" x 10"  (2014)

“A Prayer’s Release” Archival Inks on Premium Acid Free Papers 8 3/4″ x 10″ (2014)

 

This year I will participate in art shows throughout the Chicago area. I love the idea of being on the street, among the people. I want my art to be accessible and approachable.

 

"From Womb to Heart"   Archival Inks on Premium Acid Free Papers  9" x 12"  (2014)

“From Womb to Heart” Archival Inks on Premium Acid Free Papers 9″ x 12″ (2014)

 

Mindful of this, I have begun to sell giclee prints of my work along with the originals. There has been a lot of interest in note cards of certain pieces so these will be offered as well.

 

     "The Peaceful Walk of Trust"  Archival Inks on Premium Acid Free Papers  11" x 14"  (2013)

“The Peaceful Walk of Trust” Archival Inks on Premium Acid Free Papers 11″ x 14″ (2013)

 

An exciting journey is unfolding, and I am very grateful to Artsy Shark for seeing something worth sharing in what I do.

 

 

Comments

  1. Marita Seiler says:

    Dorothy Bury Shaw gives of her heart, spirituality and talent to create these amazing pictures.
    Her work is other-worldly and magnificent. The art world is already recognizing her extreme talent.
    It won’t be long until the entire world knows of her talent. Such a wise and brilliant being.

  2. Thank you so much, Marita. More than anything this art is about meeting each other, heart to heart, soul to soul… it’s gratifying to know others are so deeply touched.

  3. sammy love says:

    So grateful for the opportunity to get to know this artist. She is contemplative and authentic and her work is a reflextion of her warm spirit.. Each piece is imbued with hours of her personal thoughts and feelings about her subject.
    I look forward to having “Prayer’s Release”on my wall.

  4. Blessed to know this artist. Her work moves you . I am a proud owner of a print of the horse. She puts a piece of her soul into each work

  5. So delighted to learn of this artist! Thank you for featuring her and her work.

  6. I really felt a connection to your work because I am also on a spiritual journey to pursue art full time. You definitely have a message to deliver; your talent is so distinguished. If u were a singer, u’d be taking home a GRAMMY!!

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