Shawn was born in Paris, France, lived and crossed the Atlantic on the gaff rigged ketch his parents built and was finally raised in the small ski village of Whistler, BC in the late 1980’s and early 90’s. After playing tennis for a top US college in California and majoring in both English literature and film studies from the University of Victoria, he co-founded and edited the art and culture magazine, Hobo, from 2002 to 2020.
In the course of this time he feels like he’s begun to find his own visual language so to speak, a narrative with a documentary aesthetic imbued by humanism and increasingly steeped in the natural world. He now spends most of his time with a Czechoslovakian wolf dog named Orenda between Catalonia, the Basque Country and the coast of British Columbia. He doesn’t know if he has found his one “place on the planet” yet as Gary Snyder would say, which is concerning, but he still wants to “dig in and take responsibility” from here.
“Spending so much time in Europe these past few years has in a round about way reaffirmed my conviction that it is so painfully obvious and urgent we should all fight for the true wilderness, like our ancient forests, that is left. These places are sometimes hard to access and it’s maybe because they’re out of sight to many of us that they’re so vulnerable to extraction today.”