About the Artist

Originally from Houston, Texas, I moved to New York City at a young age to pursue an acting career. The city was a great adventure and opened my eyes to different cultures, lifestyles and experiences. I worked in the city as a Ford Model and soon found myself in the exciting world of acting, landing several lead roles in both television and movies.

When I was not working, I spent my time traveling. I lived in Seville, Spain for six months and traveled throughout Europe and into Africa on numerous trips. I also enjoyed a six-month adventure diving and camping throughout America, where I discovered the shocking beauty of America’s West Coast. I settled in California, where I picked up surfing and started to experiment with paint. After two years in Los Angeles, I was ready for another change, eventually landing me on the Gulf Coast here in Galveston, Texas, a Island 32 miles in length, embraced by the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Galveston proudly holds the largest collection of historic homes west of the Mississippi. In 2005, I purchased my first home. While living in the property, I undertook a total renovation, pouring all my creative spirit into the rebuild. This home marked my first step, leaving me with a newfound love for construction and historic properties. In the year 2014, my first child, Davis, came into the world. It was during this same year that I acquired the defuncted Curly’s Corner Bar, now affectionately dubbed the “Corner Store.” Originally built in 1868, the building boasted a rich and fascinating history, albeit in need of substantial restoration. Over the course of four years, I diligently renovated this space, envisioning it as my office and art gallery. In 2016, my second son, Connor, arrived, adding to the joys of life. Today, while engaging in real estate endeavors and creating art on this beautiful island, I find immense happiness in raising my two boys and embracing the island lifestyle.

In my work today, whether it’s my art or real estate business, you’ll find remnants of my world travels and diverse experiences. I would love to hear from you. Visit the “Contact Page” for any print or miscellaneous queries.

Shane McDermott

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