Shawn joined MOR in early 2018, and every morning, he walks through the Paugh History Hall on the way to his office. The historic photos, wagons, and old cars are just a taste of Montana's early days, and these artifacts take him back to his family history in Western Wyoming. Shawn's great grandparents were homesteaders in the late 1800s and ranched along the Buffalo River with a spectacular view of the Tetons. Both his grandmother and mother were born there. Shawn was born in Lander, WY, just down the road and on the other side of Togwotee Pass.
In 1975, Shawn's family moved to Bozeman, where he attended junior high and high school. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design from Montana State University. Shawn's design and photography career has taken him across the Northwest with stops in Jackson Hole, Seattle, San Francisco, and Boise before finding his way back to Montana.
Outside of the museum, you can find Shawn photographing his daughter's high school soccer games, camping and fishing with his two teens in the mountains around Montana, and skiing on bluebird powder days at Bridger Bowl.