Charles Shaw was born in Austin, Texas in 1941. He lived and worked in Central Texas in his hill country home in Dripping Springs. He was an author as well as an artist and was the art director for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine
. On April 4th, 2000 Shaw was selected as the featured artist of the Austin Fine Arts Festival.
His influences include: Malcolm Thurgood with whom he studied life drawing, Howard Pyle, John Singer Sargent, Frans Hals, and Norman Rockwell, who was Shaw’s sponsor into the Society of Illustrators in New York.
Typical subjects for Shaw are Texas frontier lifestyles, children and jazz musicians. He illustrated the book, Impressions of Texas
by Charles Shaw (1986)
Shaw died in 2005
Charles William Shaw, noted illustrator, 63, of Austin, passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2005. Charlie was born in Austin, Tex., November 18, 1941, to Sam and Mary Shaw. Charlie was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 34 years, Gay Anne Greenwood Shaw; father, Samuel O. Shaw; father-in-law, Alex (Tug); mother-in-law, Mildred Greenwood; and nephew, Rex Billy.
Charlie is survived by his mother Mary of Austin: daughters, Alecia Shaw, of Austin, Glenda Higgins and husband Anthony, of Ireland and Amanda Hancock and husband, Shawn Syms of Austin; companion Gloria Jackson, of Austin; grandchildren, Ashleigh Hancock, Dylan Syms, Mika Syms, Katie Higgins and Emily Higgins; brothers, Sam Shaw and wife Jo of Dripping Springs, Don Shaw and wife Jo Ann of St. Louis Mo.; sisters, Marilyn Stark and husband Wayne of Austin, Brenda Allen and husband James of Pflugerville, Tex.; sister-in-law Lin Billy and husband Kris of Austin; 14 nieces and nephews; five great-nieces and nephews and a host of friends and extended family.
Special thanks to the Central Texas Veterans Administration for their care and kindness. Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 5, 2005, at Riverbend Church, 4214 North Cap. of Texas Hwy. Arrangements with Harrell Funeral Home, 4435 Frontier Trail, Austin, Texas 78745 (512) 443-1366.
State of Texas Declaration for Charles Shaw:
WHEREAS, Throughout the years, the Lone Star State's rich cultural heritage has produced a remarkable variety of artists and craftsmen, and these talented Texans deserve our deepest gratitude and admiration; Charles William Shaw is one such artist, and it is appropriate at this time to recognize his many contributions to the fields of art and literature in Texas; and
WHEREAS, Born in Austin in 1941, Charley Shaw graduated from Travis High School and went on to study life drawing for three years with the illustrator Malcolm Thurgood; and
WHEREAS, Typical subjects for this accomplished artist are Texas frontier lifestyles and historical scenes, children, and musicians, and his preferred mediums are watercolors and oils; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Shaw has produced hundreds of illustrations of historical subjects for books, brochures, and articles over a span of more than 45 years; he was commissioned by The University of Texas Press to draw 248 images for the first edition of James Michener's two-volume historical epic, Texas; he wrote and illustrated Indian Life in Texas
, and he recently published illustrations for From a Watery Grave: The Discovery and Excavation of La Salle's Shipwreck, La Belle;
his work also appears in numerous children's books, including Little Johnny Raindrop, That's What Love Is
, and the Walt Disney Davy Crockett
WHEREAS, In addition to his book illustrations, this gifted artist has produced a collection of paintings depicting the Texas Revolution for the San Jacinto Museum of History in Houston, which are used as teaching tools for schoolchildren, and he recently completed a series of large paintings depicting the history of Seton Hospital in Austin; his work hangs in the collections of the Franklin Mint, the King Ranch, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, UT Press, the Barker Texas History Center, Texas A&M Press, and the Star of the Republic Museum; moreover, in 1996, a representative collection of his work was placed in the permanent collection of the Longview Museum of Fine Arts; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Shaw is also a contributor to a unique website, Texas Beyond History,
a public education service of the UT Texas Archeological Research Laboratory and a virtual museum interpreting and sharing the state's vast cultural legacy; and
WHEREAS, Widely admired for his immense talent, Charley Shaw is one of our state's most distinguished native sons, and it is indeed a privilege to recognize his outstanding career as an artist; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 79th Texas Legislature hereby honor Charles William Shaw for generously sharing his extraordinary gifts as an artist with the State of Texas; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for Mr. Shaw as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives.
Submitted by Ande Rasmussen