The incorporation of colors and textures, as well as a multitude of other associated physical, spiritual, and tactile qualities inherent in the sculptures materials are of great importance.
Shawn was born in the District of Columbia. He has a B.F.A. from the University of Tampa in Florida and a M.F.A. from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. He is head of the Sculpture Program at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.