Wood frame shear walls are an integral component of the lateral load resisting system of any low-rise structure constructed today. While seemingly ordinary, a wood frame shear wall is a complex physical structure that includes various types of structural members and connections. This paper presents the preliminary results of the detailed finite element modeling effort, and comparison to experimental results. The shear wall is modeled using the ANSYS finite element program. The static, non-linear behavior of the wall is investigated, including the effect of vertical load.