Shawn Falchetti, CPSA




Born 1971 in Pennsylvania, USA, Shawn Falchetti earned his B.S Mechanical Engineering with a minor in fine art in 1998. Initially an oil painter, he discovered colored pencils in 1999 and began working with Prismacolor pencils on Stonehenge paper. In 2004, he joined the Colored Pencil Society of America. His work transitioned to sanded supports in 2005, and he began drawing on toned Artspectrum Colourfix paper and Ampersand Pastelbord. The finely speckled surfaces of the papers creates a distinct, soft look to his finished pieces, and, combined with his focus on lighting and color, helps to evoke dreamy, ethereal scenes. Shawn’s works have appeared in CPSA Explore This!, the CPSA Annual International Exhibitions, North Light Books Strokes of Genius series, Colored Pencil Magazine, Drawing Magazine and the Artist’s Magazine.

The relationship between light and mood has always fascinated me. There’s an inherent drama to a high contrast figure bathed in sunlight, while a quiet, diffused interior has a lazy, colorful atmosphere which suggests what’s behind the scenes has a whole life of its own. The atmosphere and mood of the work is the most important element for me, and with each piece I am trying to convey the feel of the moment. Although my work is realistic, my goal is to portray the intangible content of the scene.

Shawn is a Signature Member of The Colored Pencil Society of America, and lives in Pennsylvania, USA.