King George News

Cathy Dyson writes about King George County. You can email her at

RSS feed of this blog

Shaw’s work on display at courthouse

This print isn't on display at the courthouse, but it remains one of John Shaw's most popular works.

Work of the late wildlife artist John Shaw is decorating the walls of the King George County Courthouse—and nothing could be more appropriate, said Circuit Court Clerk Vic Mason.

When he walks by Shaw’s prints of eagles on the Potomac River or the changing seasons at Machodoc Creek, Mason is reminded of King George’s scenic vistas, as well as those who call the county home.

“You think about some of the wonderful people we have here,” Mason said. “And John Shaw is a perfect example of that.”

Shaw, who spent most of his life in King George, died in January 2010 of a heart attack. He was 67.

He was known worldwide for his paintings of black Labs and blue herons, gray foxes in green fields and brilliant red cardinals on blooming dogwoods. Some of that work is on the courthouse walls, for residents to enjoy.

Read more about John Shaw and efforts to remember him in a story published this week in The Free Lance-Star.