Shayne retired after 27 years as a forester in Idaho. He is also an accomplished country musician. His work reflects his deep connection to all things wild and western. In addition to his bronze sculptures and scratchboard, he plays guitar and is a singer songwriter in the Beargrass Band.
While attending Lewiston High School in the 1980's Shayne took an industrial arts class and created his first sculptures, casting them right in class. After 20+ years off for family and career, Shayne started sculpting again. His father-in-law was Ralph Crawford, a well-known bronze sculptor who passed away in 2023. Ralph was a wonderful mentor, encouraging and involving Shayne in his heroic bronze of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Other than a class and some mentoring by Judy Fairley in scratchboard, Shayne is entirely self-taught.
Shayne writes: "Having the privilege to live and work in the beautiful outdoors of Northern Idaho my entire life, my art reflects my passion for nature and all things wild. In my art, I try to impart as much detail as possible because I am fascinated by the intricacy and magic found only in nature. The photo above captures that wonder. On a typical spring day in the woods, I might find an old elk skull, a shed moose antler and a batch of morels in a patch of Trilliums and cedar."