Shawn Jenkins would spend hours as a child drawing and creating. His dedication and passion earned him the Rhode Island School of Design Scholarship Award and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the school. He began his career as an illustrator and muralist, creating commercial murals for interior decorating firms, residential murals, trompe l’oeil, faux painting and decorative furniture finishes. This background not only provided him with techniques he uses to create his beautiful paintings and unique backgrounds, but also a strong desire to bring art into everyday life.
Working as an in-house artist and designer for The Christmas Tree Shops Inc., a subsidiary of Bed Bath & Beyond, for the last seven years Shawn’s designs have shaped a wide range of products, from ornaments, to frames, reusable tote bags, to wall decor, and stationery, and do-it-yourself figurines and paint kits to bakeware, housewares like summer patio dinnerware and paper goods as well as packaging and logo design. In his free time, Shawn has taught privately and in Craft Stores as a watercolor, drawing, and illustration instructor. Shawn’s creativity is not limited to creating art, he is also a musician, songwriter and writer.
All of these endeavors complement and influence the artwork he creates. Working in a wide range of subject matter, from still life, seascapes, landscapes to floral or seasonal designs, to even fantasy art. Depending on his mood and the project his work might be photo realistic or fun and whimsical. Painting with a variety of media including watercolors, acrylics, oils and tempera, Shawn uses a layering technique to apply color.
Working from his studio in Warwick, Rhode Island, Shawn is constantly inspired by his rural origins, rich in the traditions of farming and American country life growing up in Glocester around Bonnie Dale Farm, and not far from dirt roads and cow paths. Shawn has exhibited artwork at Donovan Gallery, Francesca Anderson Gallery, Providence Art Club, Rhode Island Watercolor Society, and Crowne Plaza Hotel. His art hangs in many private collections.
Shawn resides in Rhode Island with his best friend and wife Kerri and their two children, Emily and Isaac.