My work is primarily place-based. When painting from observation or working from photos and memories, my paintings reflect what I see and how a place feels. At times my paintings depict the seen, visual world and other times I walk a purely intuitive path. My recent series, Merge, combines these two techniques into something new and personally compelling.
A native of Boulder, Colorado, Shawn Demarest calls Portland, Oregon home. She received a BFA from the University of Colorado with a focus on printmaking and painting, a BA in Mathematics, and a scholarship to attend the Cleveland Institute of Art's program in Lacost, France. Later studies led to an MA in Architecture from SCI-Arc/San Francisco Institute of Architecture. Demarest was the recipient of RACC (Regional Arts and Culture Council) project grants in 2012 and 2015. She received a fellowship residency to Playa, Summer Lake in 2012 and 2016, was the 2013/2014 artist in residence at The University Club of Portland, and is a 2018 artist in residence at the Mojave Natural Preserve. Demarest has commissioned multi-panel installations in Portland's Rivereast Building and PCC's Southeast Campus Library as well as individual paintings in RACC's Portable Works Collection.