Shawn Falchetti is best known for his ethereal figurative colored pencil works drawn on sanded papers. Born in 1971 in a small town in northeast Pennsylvania, he earned a degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in fine art from Wilkes University and pursued a technical career after graduation. During college, he loved the rich and expressive colors of oil paints, and after graduation he found himself yearning to continue creating and exploring color and mood. In 1999 he discovered Ann Kullberg’s book of colored pencil portraits. Amazed at the rich, painterly colors and subtle transitions achievable with this medium, he immediately bought a full set of Prismacolor Premier pencils and began drawing. Shawn joined the Colored Pencil Society of America in 2004.
Shawn’s work is primarily on sanded supports – heavy-weight papers screen printed with toned gesso mixed with pumice. He finds the finely speckled sandpaper surfaces create a distinct, soft look to his finished pieces, and, combined with his focus on lighting and color, helps to evoke dreamy, ethereal scenes. Up to twenty layers of color are applied to achieve his subtle tones. His figurative works have a tangible mood and are deeply personal, often featuring his wife as the subject.
His work has 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.
Shawn is a Signature Member of The Colored Pencil Society of America, and lives in Pennsylvania, USA.