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Shawn Towne


Born into an Italian family in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Shawn (Zummo) Towne was raised in the loving home of her grandparents with her Mom and sister.  Some of Shawn’s fondest memories are her time spent with family, with aunts, uncles and cousins, and her first trip to Italy with Mommom and Poppop.  At an early age, Shawn fell in love creating.  That passion continued after graduating from Rutgers University, where her favorite course was Art History.    Shawn started her career in graphic design with U.S. Healthcare and eventually moved into the advertising agency world.  She worked on many exciting campaigns, including Chaddsford Winery and NASCAR.


In 1991 Shawn married her high school sweetheart, best friend, and love of her life.  Together, they built a family with three amazing children and now two kitties, Trixie and Tallulah.  The family has traveled the world together and experienced their heritage, different cultures and witnessed beauty in places like Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Morocco, England, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, and of course across America.  As her children got older and became self-sufficient, Shawn decided to get in physical shape, while determining “what’s next” in life for her.  She committed to fitness, became a fitness competitor at age 47, and went on to qualify for WBFF Worlds Fitness Competition in Las Vegas, and place in the top 5 for WNBF National Qualifier in 2 categories.  Shawn was featured on the covers of STRONG Fitness Magazine, Muscle & Fitness Hers and Natural Muscle Magazine.  Having reinvented herself as a fitness competitor, she signed a modeling contract with Wilhelmina Models.  Shawn represented Camille Flawless Designer Dresses in Las Vegas as “The Face of Flawless 2015”, and appeared on marquees, billboards, online and in advertisements, including MAXIM cover feature and VOGUE Magazine.


Confident from her success reinventing herself, but still having the creative urge, Shawn set out to design her own fitness clothing line.  She started painting again, and used her original artwork to sublimate on fabric and create original pieces.  From there her creative work evolved, and she started working with acrylic pours and pigment infused resin to create abstract designs…..leading to the epiphany.  She fell in love with the style and diversity of applications, from wall art to high-end furniture.  She incorporates select pieces with gem stones and glass to bring them to life.  All of her work is sealed in resin, resulting in a glass-like, shimmery finish.


Shawn finds inspiration for her art from her family, her travels and her unique experiences.  She hopes you enjoy her work, and strives to create beautiful pieces that are sparkling with life!

 
Wet Paintbrushes

"Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art"

Claude Debussy

 

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