Art by Shea McCarthy

All Art is Original & Drawn Free-Hand

Shea’s Services

Face Painting

Paint Nights

Tattoo Design


Holiday Gifts

Buffalo Gifts

Graphic Design

All Art Work


Personalized Gifts


Shea McCarthy is an accomplished and passionate artist who utilizes her talents to create a variety of goods and services. She also loves to teach and inspire students to develop their talents and follow their dreams.

Shea is an art professor at State University at New York (SUNY) in Oswego, NY and a high school art teacher as well. She received a BFA concentrated in painting, and an MAT, Masters in Art Teaching degree from SUNY Oswego. On campus, she was involved in Residence Life and Housing, and worked creatively for Women’s Center, Title IX and The Oswegonian. Shea’s body of work consists of abstractions, primarily working in acrylics and watercolor. She has exhibited work across New York State, including the SUNY Global Center in Manhattan as a part of their Global Abstraction show. Shea was recognized by the Department of Art and Design at SUNY Oswego with the Kathy Budd Emerging Artist and Robert Sullins Studio Awards. She received an Al Bremmer award for three years within the SUNY Oswego Annual Juried Show. Her most recent work is a series of three mural-sized abstractions, funded by a Scholarly and Creative Activity Grant.

In 2017, Shea had one of her paintings chosen and displayed at the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY. Her painting was chosen from hundreds of submissions from students across New York and southern Ontario. She also has had a painting chosen for an art gallery showing in Schondorf, Germany. She designed “Inchy” for a nationally released book vending machine. She also designed the “Love Better” logo for SUNY Oswego.

She has developed a number of art skills including face painting, personalized gifts, tattoo design, paintings, ornaments, etc. She started art lesson at age 6 and began face painting at age 11. She quickly became a saught-after event professional for the variety of skills and services she offered.  She is hired to do face painting for family events for companies and for public and private events as well. She has also sells numerous paintings, ornaments and personalized gifts at a variety of art shows and directly to clients as well.

Please feel free to contact Shea’s manager if you are interested in any of her services listed.

Event Legends


Portfolio Review

“From the portfolio, it looks like Shea has a lot of talent, drive and creativity. I especially love the abstracted bicycle drawing, the hatched drawing of a figure with earrings that looks like it may have come from a notebook, and the heart with writing in it. All of those show attention to detail and a creative mindset not just to do what is expected. Shea clearly has an approach, favorite materials and ways of working. But it also looks like she is interested in pushing herself to try new things, experiment. Thoughtful and playful risk taking with an attitude of hard work and growth bodes well for her ability to succeed as an art student.”

Sarah Kabot

Drawing Department Chair

Cleveland Institute of Art

Large Outdoor Festival

“We just wanted to thank Shea again for doing the face painting for the kids at this year’s Wanat Palooza. She was a HUGE hit. All the kids loved it and asked if she was coming back next year. Shea is so talented and we are so pleased that she shared that talent with us at Wanat Palooza. We look forward to having her again next year.”

Thank you again,

Katie Kaleta & Kevin Kelleher

Wanat Palooza Planning Committee

Lancaster Regional Players Fundraiser

“Shea thank you so much for doing such a fabulous job at our Basket Raffle on April 28! You were definitely a hit!”

Eileen Stevic – Event Coordinator