Shaw is a painter of borderlands, the spaces between worlds. Her art faces the dualities we all carry inside of us, synthesizing them into understanding through narrative. As a visual storyteller, the child of an Oklahoma farm, Shaw tills the rich soil of dichotomy.
As an American Indian (Chickasaw-Choctaw) artist, Shaw creates in a state of tension, suspended between two worlds. Humor pervades her art and reveals truths in unanticipated ways. The trickster, a disruptive force who turns us about until we see something new, appears throughout her work.
Shaw earned her BFA in studio art from Baylor University and her MFA from the University of Oklahoma. Erin currently serves as Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR while also exhibiting her work throughout the United States. She currently lives and works in Northwest Arkansas with her husband, son, and a shoe thieving bird dog.