As an artist, Shawn explores the passage of time as an emotional experience revealed in fleeting moments and history's subtle markings. His uniquely dramatic compositions come together in striking arrangements of raw elements and moods.
Facets of Shawn's style echo generations of Midwest farmers. He was born in Missouri and raised in Kansas, putting down roots along small towns and suburbs. Journalism and creative media endeavors shaped his understanding of relationships, character and narrative. Residency along the Louisiana coast, and experiences in the American West, New England, Germany, Belgium and Costa Rica deepened his love of meaningful spaces and historic places.
Shawn's photographs, poetry and related merchandise have sold at exhibitions and online from Australia to Italy. He has exhibited work in Kansas City's Crossroads Arts District, the Westport Entertainment District and local corporate venues including Cerner, the Cordish Company, McCownGordon and the Wise Gallery at VML. Shawn co-created, wrote and contributed photography to the commemorative vignette series Lewis & Clark: 200 Years of Heartland Heritage for broadcast television in Kansas City. His short stories have appeared in the literary journals Pearl and The Distillery: Artistic Spirits of the South.
Artistic influences include turn of the century pictorialism, the Hudson River School movement, Annie Leibovitz, Bob Dylan, Charley Harper, Hank Williams Sr. and Beethoven. Shawn is also inspired by the sterling character of his great-grandfather Chester Arthur Thompson. As a farmer, street car conductor, road overseer, deputy sheriff and township constable, he quietly carved pioneering details in old west history.