Shelley grew up in a small town in the mountains of the northern Adirondacks in NY. She graduated from SUNY New Paltz, in the heart of the Hudson Valley, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Studio Art with a minor in Art History. Shelley trained in silversmithing and photography mainly, but dabbled in other studio classes along the way.
A move to Downeast Maine in 2009 provided not only a fantastic change of landscape for Shelley, but also a chance to break away from the service industry and return to focusing on her creative passions full time.
Shelley enjoys experimenting with different media and techniques. She has a history with pastels, and a love for color. However, for a long time she worked in black and white with graphite as her main medium for her hyper-real drawings and portraits.
Recent life circumstances has sent Shelley's artwork in a different direction. She began to paint in 2015, moving away from the physically demanding realism of her tightly rendered drawings. She has been teaching herself acrylics, and revisiting watercolor and gouache, which she has tinkered with here and there over the years.