Born in Montgomery, Al in 1978, Shackleford received his MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2004. He has been a resident at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Center and Harold Arts. His work has been reviewed in Modern Painters, Beautiful Decay, Flavorpill, NewCity and Art F City. He is represented by Cindy Rucker Gallery in NYC and currently lives and works in Saxapahaw, North Carolina.