Jocelyn Shaw


Darkness into Light
17″ x 21″

Into the Sunlight
12″ x 24″

Artist Statement

Upon reflection I have always painted whatever subject catches my eye at the moment. Very little of my work is planned apart from portraits and my bird paintings, with the focus mostly on pleasing subjects. I love nature in all its forms: plant life, animal life, from countryside to ocean or lake. The occasional piece has a touch of whimsy. Away from home I always have my small sketchbook and watercolour set at hand, later transferring the rough work to canvass or paper. I work in oil, acrylic and pastel, the latter especially for birds and flowers.

Sculpture has been my second delight working both in cast pieces and carved stone, giving the occasional lecture and demo today at the Women’s Art Association of Canada. Art in all its forms is an everlasting joy

Artist Bio

Jocelyn was born and raised in Montreal. At school she was lucky to have as an art teacher a Miss Ethel Seath, one of the Beaver Hall Group of women whose work is still valued today. Ethel encouraged her pupils to paint large and freely, and to use their imagination.

Jocelyn then enjoyed a year at the art school of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1944, and obtained a History of Art diploma from a Harvard extension course. Back in Montreal she spent a year at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts with such illustrious teachers as Arthur Lismer, Goodridge Roberts and Gordon Webber. She assisted Dr. Lismer at his Saturday morning children’s art classes.

The Spring Exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts was an annual juried event open to all Canadian artists, and in both 1952 & ’53 Jocelyn had pen & ink and water colour works selected. In later years this show was discontinued.

In 1961 a Halifax architectural firm asked her to design a mosaic mural for the entrance of the new Champlain Bldg; then, experimenting with another media, Holt, Renfrew held an exhibition and sale of her montages entitled “Nature Morte”.

Her children mostly grown, Jocelyn enrolled full time in sculpture classes at the McGill Dep’t. of Education, which held annual exhibition sales of the students and teachers’ work. During this period she had several commissions for portrait busts, followed y a year of teaching all levels of sculpture during the instructor’s sabbatical.

In 1987 Alcan held an exhibition of work by the Students of Ethel Seath; Jocelyn sold work during the following years at a number of art shows which were fund-raisers for schools, hospitals and the like, culminating in a solo show in the popular summer town of North Hatley, Que. Shortly after, she designed and supervised the mounting of full-scale murals at Bishop’s College School, a boarding school near Sherbrook, Que.

Moving to Toronto in 1998, Jocelyn participated in group shows and sales at the Heliconian Club of Toronto and the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto. She held a solo show at the Women’s Art Association of Canada in 2005 followed by a joint show in May 2008 with three other painting friends and a solo exhibit in 2018. She continues to exhibit throughout the year at the Women’s Art Association and in Prince Edward County.

Jocelyn enjoys portrait commissions as well as giving sculpture instruction sessions, while she continues to work in various media. She remains a member on the Board of the Women’s Art Association of Canada.

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