Shardlow's writing is diverse, ranging from prize winning short fiction in literary journals to book reviews for Quill and Quire and Canadian Geographic. His work also includes many contributions to international scientific journals on topics ranging from spawning salmon to the diet of wolverines.
Tom's freelance writing, which often includes creative drawings and photography, has appeared in books, magazines and newspapers. Creating bedtime stories for his two daughters and his experience in the wilderness inspired Shardlow to write "Mapping the Wilderness", his first children's book for Napoleon Publishing. Incorporating some excerpts from David Thompson's own journals, he has also wrote a condensed biography "David Thompson, A Trail by Stars" published by Dundurn Press. Shardlow lives with his wife, Sue, on Vancouver Island.
Tom Shardlow's artwork was recognized early, receiving awards and media attention in High School. He later studied at the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art and Design) before working for an advertising agency doing art layouts and copy writing. After attending UBC tom worked as a field research biologist where he was fortunate to have traveled to many beautiful and wild places. These travels inspired him to document on canvas and paper what he saw and felt. His drawings, illustrations, and photography have appeared in books, magazines, and newspapers and he completed a series of commissioned drawings for Fitzhenry & Whiteside publishers. Tom's paintings are held in private collections in Canada and the US and can be seen in Vancouver and Vancouver Island Gallery shows. He is past president of the Nanaimo Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists and now paints full time.