Shawn Perkins Inspires by Painting Cultural Moments in time

Shawn Perkins is a visual artist who prides himself on capturing moments in time from our culture on canvas. Born and raised in Detroit, his dream has always been to wake up, paint, and bring visions to life to share with others. Being a student of the arts, he enjoyed the process of learning about the different paints, canvas, and techniques that eventually led him to create a style that would become his signature. His style is layered, contemporary and combines realistic foregrounds against abstract backdrops. He loves to work with both oil and acrylic paint as well as unique mixed media on wood panels and canvas.

After a few years of taking his craft seriously, Shawn was able to walk away from his job in the restaurant industry to pursue his craft full time. During his time working in the restaurant industry, he does admit that he gained an appreciation for the business side and it taught him how to interact with strangers or potential clients. Now given the nickname "SP the Plug", Shawn began to trademark most of his work with an electrical outlet or plug of some sort. The plug represents how he uses his art to connect with others, and also an acronym for "Painting a Legacy Under God."

Over the course of his career, his work can be found all throughout the country. His artwork has been commissioned by Southwest Airlines, MGM National Harbor, President Joe Biden, RevoltTV, and some of Washington, D.C.'s top restaurants and schools. It was during the quarantine of 2020 when Shawn found that he would be called on to express and inspire more than ever before. With the COVID pandemic, many businesses and restaurants were shut down and boarded up. The wooden boards on the buildings would serve as many artists' canvases as they began to repaint the city, spreading messages of love, hope, and good vibes during such unpredictable times. These efforts quickly progressed into different works during the global protests taking place in response to the