Kara Shaw is compelled to create work that invoke a sense of mystery and ethereal light, she often reflects upon the sublime and expressive beauty of water's poetic introspection. She creates medium to large-scale mixed media paintings that document water and light in all phases of matter.
Her work has been the subject of multiple group and solo exhibitions. The artist was the recipient to the Who's Who in Art publication, and selected by the Royal Academy of Arts for a 2015 design competition. Kara's work has been featured in various publications, and many of her paintings hang in the homes of private collectors around the world.
In Shaw's most recent body of work, she documents through through the lens, reflective ethereal light and water from Onion Creek just outside of Austin, Texas and translates those images by painting them onto the canvas. The artist passionately strives to create a visual experience of both spiritual mystery, beauty, and scientific data collection through the use of art. The aim is to speak to an engaged audience about local, national, and international water pollution issues which quietly arrive at the banks of our waterways on a daily basis. As one of the founding Board of Directors for the non-profit organization Protect Our Water, or POW; Kara Shaw donates a portion of her sales from this body of work to help save the local water. Shaw is an avid promoter of S.T.E.A.M. education, and is constantly on the hunt for cutting edge wastewater treatment technologies.
Kara (Vachon) Shaw (American, b. Feb 1973 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) currently lives and works in Driftwood, Texas with her wonderful husband, and two beautiful children.
1973 Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma during an ice
1978 Family moved to Spring, TX
1985 Painted first landscape work of art at
12 years old
1990 Awarded first place UIL state
1991 Recipient to the Who's Who in Art,
High School Edition
Entered Marymount University, with
satellite studies at Georgetown University
1993 Private NASA tour, inspired by water
recycling technology for the future
International Space Station.
Transferred to the Fine Arts/
Communication Design program at the
University of North Texas, Denton TX
1994 Sold first large scale commissioned painting
Managed Neovations Art Gallery, Dallas TX
1998 Hired with United Airlines.
Flight Attendant. Moved to Chicago, IL
1999- Began silent interactive art installation titled,
Reason. In this body of work, the artist placed
15 leaflets of the same poem in random in-flight
seat back pockets. The poem was written by an
anonymous author, with a subject that everything
has a purpose. The last paragraph was written,
"Dance like no one is watching, love like
you've never been hurt." Hundreds of these
were distributed over a 6 year period.
Painted on days off from United Airlines
2001 Purser for flight to the JFK airport. Flew
directly over smoldering ground zero the
following Tuesday after 9/11.
2002 Breaking the Full Court Press. Group
exhibition. Art Gallery Kafe.
2003 Met art collector, philanthropist,
Robert Lehrman on Amtrak during a
blizzard, in correspondence he encouraged
the artist to keep painting.
Kara Vachon. Solo exhibition.
Thirteenth Floor Gallery,
2004 Moved to Austin, Texas
2005 Married Jeff Shaw
2006 Birth of daughter, Mikah Shaw
2007 Birth of son, Canyon Shaw
2008 Continued to paint, building body of work
2011 Family moved in to Driftwood, TX
2014 Permanent mural for public display at
Walnut Springs Elementary,
Dripping Springs, TX
Commissioned to paint Mikaila Ulmer's,
Me and the Bees lemonade stand, appearing
on ABC's Shark Tank, and traveling to
locations from The White House to
2015 Royal Academy of Arts UK online, winning
entry, shadow box competition, tribute to
artist Joseph Cornell, and art collector
2016 Expressions of Light. Jed Malitz V2 Gallery,
New Orleans, LA
Archives. Mountain VS Moon Gallery
Creators Deserve to be Seen Project.
4 Time Square
New York, NY
One of 4 Founding Board of
Directors for non-profit, POW
(Protect Our Water).
2017 Chateau Orquevaux Artist Residency
18 Grande Rue Orquevaux 52700, France