"Shawn’s style and artistic instinct, plus his breadth of knowledge about science, combine in his delivery of “branded” slide decks that always inspire. He takes slides from my students and postdocs (often prepared with fresh data) and can rapidly prepare them in a given slide format, using creative positioning that maximizes the focus on needed content. I’ve given him complete “raw” slide decks (40 or more slides in a smorgasbord of styles) and gotten in return a gorgeous, uniform slide deck worthy of an AACR Plenary talk. He listens, he intuits, and he just “does”. I’ve probably had over 300 slides done by him to date, and it was worth it."
Dr. Garry Nolan, PhD
Nolan Lab - Stanford University
"Infrequently do I agree to write recommendation letters because of the reflexive responsibility inherent in any such endorsement. As a radio talk host, I am often advised not to lend our “brand” to any outside enterprises unless I’m impeccably sure of the consequences of such a relationship. In the case of Shawn Hollahan it is with great ease and confidence that I offer the following thoughts:
Shawn Has been a colleague for some 16 years now and was instrumental in providing endless critical moral support when we brought surviving grandson of Mahatma Gandhi to Los Angeles to lead a parade for world peace. It was not only Shawn's personal desire to see this effort fulfilled, but his artistic talent allowed for the mass production of print media and online promotion for the event.
Deadlines were met with no resistance, shortcoming, or skittishness. In fact, Shawn labored a full month for no compensation, save that of mission fulfillment and further inroads toward a more peaceful planet.
Never even for one moment have I ever seen Shawn waiver in his passion for justice and fair play. Not only is he an extraordinary visual artist, but that natural gift and artistic intuition transcends so readily and comfortably in his normal day-to-day relationships.
Journalist, Radio Host - KPFK, Los Angeles
"A man after my own heart."
"VISIONARY, RESOLUTE, POETIC, DYNAMIC, EVOLVED, SOULFUL, UNORTHODOX, DEFT, RADICAL, DREAMER, STRONG, ROMANTIC, BRAVE, NOBLE, IDYLLIC, MAVERICK, WILD, EMPATHIC, FREE, FOCUSED, DETERMINED, PURPOSEFUL, CARING , PASSIONATE..... & TALENTED BEYOND MEASURE"
Documentary Film Maker,
"One of the most interesting and talented characters I have ever encountered."
Writer, Director, Producer
Warner Brothers Studios + Independent Broadway Productions
"I miss working with him already .... what a beautiful presentation not to mention the unexpected scientific insight and contribution to our project. "
Dr. Christopher 'Kit' Green
"Ever wonder what it might be like to meet DaVinci, Michelangelo, Howard Roark, Douglas Fairbanks, St. Francis of Assisi and Jeff Stryker compiled into a single Humanoid?.... A romantic.... A dreamer of dreams..... the future has been designed ladies and gentlemen, .... watch it unfold in this mans life."
"Working with Shawn has been a wonderful and unique experience. I use the word 'unique' because I have never worked with an artist of his caliber who so totally engaged with me and the science my lab produces. He made me stretch the limits of my imagination and the end result was a form of communicating with my audience that I would never have come up with on my own. A very inspiring working relationship. Thank you so much Shawn"
Dr. Wendy Fantl, PhD
Fantl Lab - Stanford University