Shotwell’s former engineering career involving mechanical systems designs used in the manned Skylab orbiting space station, astronaut backpacks for the Apollo Lunar missions, and land-based nuclear reactor internals components, is eclipsed by his quarter-century career in art yielding over two thousand original paintings. More than $17 million in retail sales in Japan alone were a result of his “Luminart” style color-morphing artwork which utilizes exclusive fluorescent paints. He now holds a U.S. Patent for a lighting system used in exhibiting these dynamic and unique paintings and graphic works. The recently published book Mindscapes highlights more background about the artist; the book won the Bronze Medal from Asian Print Awards in Shanghai, China.
Most recently, Shotwell’s 2011 Patent-Pending frame/plaque concept will enable his and other artists’ work to be displayed as if in 3 dimensions. Similar independent scientific and art research into higher dimensionality continues; related press releases available upon request.
Other awards, commissions, and charitable projects include Print magazine’s Regional Certificate of Design Excellence, United Technologies Corporation’s Award of Distinction, a United Nations World Literacy Campaign poster commission, Green Peace exhibition-generated donations, inclusion in several Fortune 500 corporate collections, and regional radio and television exposure.
Shotwell’s style reflects a mystical quality; a pure and un-cluttered, semi-surreal vision uniquely born of admiration for works by Escher, Dali, and Licsko. The viewer is invited to respond not only emotionally, but intellectually. Here is a committed talent, an enjoyable personality, and surely a collectible artist.