Artist's Portfolio: Shinn
"Women's Triple Crown 2010"
"This is the poster that never was! I was commissioned by the Triple Crown to create a poster design for the ill-fated 2010 contest. It was cancelled because sponsorship fell through. I was bummed, but mostly for the contestants. In the end, I can still say I'm a Triple Crown artist because my work will be featured on this year's men's poster." Acrylic on canvas. 24" x 36".
For someone who's not native to the islands -- Shinn hails from Toronto -- the artist sure captures the spirit of iconic Hawaiian landmarks with flair. "She really gives a unique color palette and look to the North Shore," says Matt Maletta, curator of surf art at Wyland Gallery in Haleiwa.
Hailing as she does from the wintry climate of Toronto, Shinn knows a thing or two about getting her turns in on snow. Though currently based on Oahu's North Shore, she still makes trips up to Lake Tahoe, Calif., to lap some frozen waves.
"Pupukea is one of my favorite beach accesses. The tunnel of trees frames that tiny bit of ocean so perfectly." Acrylic on canvas. 11" x 14".
"Eddie Looking On"
"This was inspired by a photo I took one afternoon of a young surfer looking out at Waimea after a session. Something about him reminded me of Eddie Aikau, and that was the beginning of an idea: the spirit of Eddie watching over his contest." Acrylic on canvas. 24" x 36".
"[The Log Board] was my first surfboard design, hand-shaped by DeMarco Surfboards Hawaii. The owner, Joe [DeMarco], laminates my design onto his boards and he does a beautiful 'bark' resin tint on the rails and the bottom. I've helped him with a few, but he has the artistic eye when it comes to resin for sure. We have since created a Koa wood edition. It's a bit more 'Hawaii' than our first Log Board, which I consider a nod to Canadian surfers and lumberjacks everywhere. The wakeboard designs were done for Sattylite Wakeskates, a Canadian brand."
"This was inspired by my friend Hanalei, a beautiful French-speaking Tahitian model who also happens to be an amazing surfer. I wonder sometimes if the people watching her walk down runways in Paris know that she's really a mermaid." Acrylic on canvas. 12" x 24".
Shinn mostly paints, but branches out into design work as well. "Everybody makes art when they're a kid and I just never put it down," she says.
"From The Point"
"A lot of people say this painting reminds them of Backdoor (the right at Pipeline), but it's actually inspired by some photos I took of Waimea from The Point. It's not a view a lot of people get to see it from, so I thought I would paint it for those who might not get the chance." Acrylic on canvas. 18" x 24".
"Brotherhood"/"Wave Study Series"
"'Brotherhood' was inspired by the Eddie Aikau ceremony. I've watched it for years and had this painting in mind for a long time." Both paintings acrylic on canvas. "Brotherhood" (top): 8" x 36". "Wave Study Series" (bottom): 4" x 4" each.
"The decks are for a Canadian shop called Icarus. They have let me do their decks for six years running; I feel really lucky for that because it was always a dream of mine. The goggle designs were done for Dragon Alliance Eyewear. I won a design contest with the first one -- first thing I've ever won!"
"In The Shade"
"'In the Shade' is the 'new' lifeguard tower at Rockpile on [Oahu's] North Shore. A lot of people thought these new towers were eyesores when they started replacing the old red shacks. I didn't disagree at the time, but when I saw this one under dappled shade on a hot afternoon, it just looked so -- North Shore, like it had always been there." Acrylic on canvas. 18" x 24".
"This piece was inspired by some photos I took out my window while stopped in traffic. I hope I meet the man that owns this car one day so I can tell him how much it makes my day when I see it." Acrylic on canvas. 18" x 24".
"'Ocean Lovers' was inspired by all the couples who silently check the surf together every morning, leaning on each other, sipping their mugs of coffee ... " Acrylic on canvas. 16" x 20".
"This is the part of the drive north where you first see the water of [Oahu's] North Shore. If you've been gone for the day to run errands in town, or you've been gone for months on a trip to the mainland, it's always a welcome sight." Acrylic on canvas. 24" x 30".
"North Shore Girls"
"This piece was a commission for a member of the Hearst family, [which] owns a lot of magazines and TV networks. I didn't get the chance to meet him in person, but we apparently share a love of Leica cameras." Acrylic on canvas. 24" x 36".