Esther Shaw


My paintings are about a presence or a sense of place and our tie with the life forces of the universe. I paint in an attempt to better understand and comprehend the stimulus of my environment. Living and painting in the desert, for the past ten years, has focused my work to the pulse of life, the rhythm of the seasons and the cycle of the sun.

I have always loved the process of painting. It is the magic of paint to canvas and the image appearing that keeps me involved in this activity. I leave much to chance and instinct, with the hope that I will recognize the real elements and character of the subject and it will evolve into the work that I’m after.


Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts.

BFA Massachusetts College of Art, painting major.

Graduate art classes at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

Graduate education course – TESL, University of California, Irvine, CA.

Owner, curator, exhibiting artist of The Spezzano Gallery, Long Beach, CA

Architectural illustrator, and business partner.

Art teacher for Santa Ana Public Schools, Rancho Santiago Community College, and Copper Mountain Community College.

Exhibiting artist and member of The SCA Project Gallery and Gallery 57, Pomona, Ca.

Exhibitor/studio holder of The Santora Arts Building, Santa Ana, CA.

Selected in 2004 for the Envisioning The Future Project, Pomona, CA under the direction of Judy Chicago.

Member of the Morongo Basin Artists Association.

Esther Shaw
8289 Palomar Ave., Yucca Valley, CA 92284, 760-369-9025,