My Fredericksburg folk art Christmas cards now available in stores!

You can find both the "Christmas on Caroline Street" and "Fredericksburg Christmas (3 red doors of St. Georges)" designs in boxed sets of one dozen cards, including envelopes, exclusively at
Ulman's Jewelry
The Museum Store of the Fredericksburg Area Museum
and the
Made in Virginia Store
All three stores are located in historic downtown Fredericksburg.

Fredericksburg scene #1.5: "Christmas on Caroline Street"

This is a variation of the "Fredericksburg scene #1: Ulman's, Goolrick's and Carl's" painting that I adapted for use on my 2010 Christmas card. It got quite a bit of good response. In fact, the Ulman's Jewelry Story depicted began carrying a limited-edition signed (non-Christmas) version of this image as a card at their store after receiving the Christmas card.

Fredericksburg scene #3: "Three Red Doors of St. George's"

Restaurants, shops and galleries line the streets of Fredericksburg, Virginia's Old Town area. George Washington's relatives attended St. George's Episcopal Church there in the 1700s. The present St. George's church building, on the left, rose in 1849. To the right on Princess Anne Street, the County Circuit Court Building was also erected during the same time period. Atop a hill across the Rappahannock River sits Chatham Manor. During the Civil War, Walt Whitman and Clara Barton assisted surgeons at the large plantation home when it served as a hospital for Union troops.

Casey Alan Shaw
Three Red Doors of St. George's, 2011
Oil on canvas board; 16 x 20 in.

Fredericksburg scene #2: "The Pink Lady" on Caroline Street

"The Pink Lady" on Caroline Street is a 1902-era home just a block from the train station in the Old Town section of Fredericksburg, Virginia. It sits overlooking the City Dock where the paddle-wheeler "The City of Fredericksburg" moors in the summertime. The trees just across the Rappahannock River sit on Ferry Farm, where George Washington lived from age 6 to age 22. The Daily Star on the newspaper truck is a turn-of-the-century predecessor of Fredericksburg's current newspaper, The Free Lance-Star.

Casey Alan Shaw
The Pink Lady on Caroline Street, 2011.
Oil on canvas board; 14 x 18 in.

ARTIST'S NOTE: I'm not sure what intrigued me so much about this particular old house. There are plenty of old Victorian homes in Fredericksburg to choose from when creating a painting. I think I was just intrigued because this home was sitting vacant when I passed it and had been for some time. I couldn't believe that no one was living in it. It's such a great house with such an incredible view off the two-story deck in the rear of the home. I spent some time trying to find out about this house thinking maybe I could rent it. But the only info I ever got was that it was tied up in litigation. To my knowledge, it sits empty still. Such a shame.

Fredericksburg scene #1: Ulman's, Goolrick's and Carl's

This small painting was my first attempt at capturing the nostalgic nature of the Old Town area of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Ulman's Jewelry opened in 1928 and is still operated by the Ulman family. Goolrick's Pharmacy, located next door at the corner of George Street and Caroline Street, opened in 1869 and boasts the oldest soda fountain in continuous use in America. The creamery truck is headed down the street towards Carl's Ice Cream stand. Since the 1940's, Carl's Electro-Freeze machines have been turning out fresh frozen custard that still has crowds lining up around the block.

Casey Alan Shaw
Ulman's, Goolrick's and Carl's, 2010.
Acrylic on canvas; 10 x 8 in.

My first oil painting at age 50

I've drawn ever since I was a kid, but for some reason I didn't pick up a brush to try my hand at painting until my fiftieth birthday. To the left is my first oil painting; a portrait of my son, Cooper. My next efforts are going to be a series of paintings based on my adopted hometown of Fredericksburg, Virginia. The historic nature of the local architecture suits me. There are a ton of great scenes to paint.