Shawn Nelson Dahlstrom

Shawn Nelson Dahlstrom (’70) is a leading Cape Cod artist whose paintings from nature reflect both the realist and the expressionist traditions of the region. She “altars” nature, treating it with reverence and moving the viewer to connect viscerally and emotionally with nature in a new way. In this painting, Dahlstrom transforms earth, sea and sky with the interplay of negative and positive space, shape, light, color and texture. The ordinary becomes an object of fascination and reverence.

The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, Dahlstrom has exhibited widely in galleries and museums in the Northeast. Her paintings are in the permanent collections of several museums, including the Cape Cod Museum of Art (CCMA). Dahlstrom’s 2009 solo exhibition at CCMA, “Altar-ing Nature: New Perspectives on Landscape,” gave strong testament not only to the emotive power of her work, but to her ability to experiment with various configurations of canvas, including diptychs and triptychs.

Dahlstrom is the visionary behind the traveling exhibition “America the Beautiful: A Collaboration of Painters and Fiber Artists,” which debuted at the State House in Boston in 2010 and opened at CCMA in September 2011. She is a member of the National League of American Pen Women. —Janet Murphy Robertson, founder and director of

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Bridge Street Marsh #3, oil on canvas

Bridge Street Marsh #3, oil on canvas

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