Hello, my name is Sarah Shaw. I’m an illustrator and art educator from Portland, Maine. In 2010, I graduated with a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Since then, I’ve worked and studied in South Korea, volunteered with the Peace Corps in Cartagena, Colombia, and currently, I am a secondary art teacher in Kathmandu, Nepal.

My work is mainly inspired by traveling and living abroad, often focusing on the daily lives of people and their environments. Some other common themes include: books, food, maps, and eavesdropped conversations. I experiment with an array of tools and techniques, but the majority of my drawings are created with Faber-Castell Pitt pens, Copic and Prismacolor markers and Prismacolor colored pencils.


  • ‘Sarah Shaw: Drawing + Teaching on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast’, Nancy Ross Project Space, Pratt Institute; Brooklyn, NY, 2016


  • ‘Paper at the Edge of Art’, Jay Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, 2011
  • ‘Aanstormend Talent 2010’, Podium 0950, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2010
  • ‘The Teacher as Artist’, Nancy Ross Project Space, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY USA, 2009
  • ‘37″36’07.68″ N-127″03’29.63″ E’, Korea National University of Arts, Seoul South Korea, 2009
  • ‘Dual Painting Exhibition’, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY USA, 2008
  • ‘Young Artists Student Exhibition’, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME USA, 2005


I am available for freelance editorial illustration and custom drawing commissions. For comments, questions or inquiries, please contact me at saraheshaw06@gmail.com