Shelley was born and raised in southern California. She spent most her childhood summers combing the beaches of Laguna collecting, shells, drift wood, rocks, an odd shoe. Although she attended Pasadena City College and San Diego State, she is self-taught as an artist. In her 20's Shelley caught the travel bug and took off with two girl friends to explore Europe. This opened her eyes to a whole new world of experiences, visual beauty, foods and people. (All to be put away for later use in her work..) Art was always a passion and a driving force. Now an artist for over 30 years, the creative journey has taught her to trust her hands, her imagination and her self-taught skills. Today her three dimensional sculptures called “Spirit Keepers” are the sum accumulation of her travels and her collecting and her journey as an artist. It is the thrill of the hunt that ignites my creative inspiration for the "Spirit Keeper" series. I have collected exotic fabrics from all over the world as well as found objects, vintage buttons, copper, leather and old trade beads. As the variety of the treasures change, so does the work. Traveling is also a passion that goes along with the creating, so taking a trip to look for textiles is another source of excitement and inspiration for my work. I enjoy experiencing different cultures and adding bits of this experience into each piece. I want my work to be a global mix of visual colors and textures with the feel of an old primitive museum relic.
Shelley's ArtPrize Entries
These are Shelley's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Shelley's Past Work
These are images of past work that Shelley has done.