Besides painting, Shaw also did illustration. He died early in 1919 due to the Spanish Flu epidemic.
His early works were Pre-Raphaelite influenced.
Here his painting becomes slightly more mural-like or even poster-like due to the inclusion of some small areas of flat color.
Shadow areas seem influenced by French Impressionism.
Her man was away in South Africa.
Like many artists in his day, Shaw painted some portraits to earn money.
I don't have a date for this, but it's probably early Great War vintage showing the Empire coming to Britain's help.
An appeal to Canadian patriotism during the war.