In 1997, Shin graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Auckland and received a Masters of Fine Arts from RMIT, Melbourne in 2000. Since 2007, Shin has completed a number of major site-specific projects where she has painted directly on the walls of public galleries. Projects have included Wellington City Gallery, The Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, the entrance stairwell at Artspace, Auckland, and her largest work, a twenty-three metre long commission at Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Her latest public art projects are architectural site-specific murals at the Herald Theatre foyer, the Aotea Centre and a K’Road diner.
Shin is known for her distinctive sensibility and delicately nuanced paintings. Geometric in style, many layers of ever-shifting, subtle variations of neutral tones create intersecting planes, which fracture the painting’s surface and create an illusion of movement or chromatic vibration within the picture plane. Most recently, her new works were exhibited in the painting exhibition, Necessary Distraction at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.