the artist




~ Shawn Morris is a contemporary artist, photographer and writer from Nelson, British Columbia whose work is recognized globally.

Inspired by nature, open spaces, unhurried existences, and vibrancies that sometimes exist just beyond the human eye, Shawn feels fortunate to come from a place that still represents such beauty and feeling in its landscapes and its people.

He has a diploma in Commercial Professional Photography from Western Academy of Photography, a Bachelor in Professional Communications from Royal Roads University, and  a Graduate degree in Disaster and Emergency Management also through Royal Roads.

“I seek refuge in the esthetics of the natural world and the creative process.”

“Most of my art is an extension of my photography and I am proud to have evolved from a photographer who makes art to an artist who also loves to make photographs.”

“I can’t help but think outside of the box. I love to create. Todays technologies, combined with seemingly endless different mediums and infinite possibilities of arrangements, makes right now such an exciting time to be an artist.”

Shawn regularly uses acrylic paint and resin and often takes photographs of his work in progress in order to further achieve digital enhancements. “I am fond of smoother gradients and a cleaner canvas, more so than what I can achieve using only paint.”

Shawn likes to make order from chaos and in much of his work he strives to represent a sense of calm and balance. “I see patterns in texture and love to bring out shapes that encourage the viewer to see beyond what we think we should be seeing.” In contrast he admits to sometimes having sparks fly through creating what he calls “snippets of temporarily managed chaos.” These representations can be seen in much of his abstract work.

His intent is not so much to capture the realism of the subject matter in his art, but yet a deeper essence that combines imagination and reality. “I encourage my art to initiate a connection with the viewer that inevitably helps in bridging fantasy and reality, the mind and the brain.

“Allowing what I see in my minds eye to take shape is a process that has no set recipe. Trial and error can prove both splendid and amusingly exhausting..”

“People tend to want to know things through defining them. If my art induces emotion, perhaps different in the same for each viewer, then I would say this achievement defies definition while creating its own unique purpose, one that can be very personal and at the same time openly shared. When imagination takes shape in tangible form, and other people, especially friends, have a positive response to my art, for me, there are few feelings that are more fulfilling.”