Shane McDermott – The Wave Is Mine

Originally from Houston, Texas, I moved to New York City at a young age to pursue an acting career. The city was a great adventure and opened my eyes to the many cultures, lifestyles & vices available to an individual. At first I worked as a Ford Model and soon found myself in the exciting world of acting, landing several lead roles in both television and movies. When I was not working I spent much of my time traveling. I lived in Seville, Spain for six months and traveled throughout Europe and into Africa on numerous trips. I also enjoyed a six month adventure driving and camping throughout America where I discovered the shocking beauty of Americas West Coast. I settled in California, where I picked up surfing and started to experiment with paint. After two years in Los Angeles, unable to find consistent work as an actor, I decided it was time for a change.


In January of 2001, I moved back to New York City and focused my attention on art. I found work as a bartender and spent all my free time painting and studying art.


Yearning to be close to water with the ability to continue surfing and looking for a cheaper place to paint. I moved to Galveston Texas in 2003. I decided that Galveston would be a good fit for both activities. In 2004, I bought a historic house (built in 1856) that sits in the center of Galveston’s East End Historic District to use as a studio. During renovations, the house collapsed. The construction company responsible for the collapse was not adequately insured and filed for bankruptcy. Always dreaming of building my own home and wary of local contractors, I bought a nail gun, pulled the permits and re-built the house myself. To pay for this I started working as a realtor, buying and selling Waterfront and Historic properties on Galveston Island.


In Dec 2009 I proposed to my longtime girlfriend, Laura Hughes; we were married May 7, 2011 at Trinity Episcopal Church on Galveston Island.  Laura and I are expecting our first child in August 2014, month of heat and hurricanes. Actor, Artist, Builder and Realtor, I have recently started a new adventure in local politics. My time in Galveston has been enhanced by many hours spent volunteering for numerous Galveston boards and committees. My primary objective is to encourage the youth of Galveston to register and then vote, something I encourage everyone to do. Like Mr. Murphy said… You can’t complain unless you participate… GO VOTE


Most important: I wanted to say thank you to everyone that has written me since I built this website. I also wanted to thank everyone that has bought a painting, print or a house from me this year. Every piece I sell gives me more time to spend on my artwork and living life to the top. Thank you again. I do read every email so keep them coming…

-Shane McDermott