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Biography:
Shelley is a full-time artist and art instructor, living in Burlington, Ontario where she was born and raised. She is married with 2 grown daughters who are also very artistic. Her watercolour painting style has evolved into a highly realistic style covering a variety of subjects which may include birds & wildlife, nature, portraits, floral, still life & landscape. She is a very active instructor teaching regular classes as well as travelling to teach workshops throughout Ontario, Canada and occasionally in the US which she has done for about 30 years. Although Shelley also paints in acrylic and oil, her main medium is watercolour. Other interests include, stained glass, music, family & home

Artist Statement:
I love the transparency and luminosity of watercolour. It’s something that is unique to only watercolour. Every subject presents new challenges and pushes me to try new techniques and different methods. Many years of experimentation (and yes, lots of failures) have taught me to use quality materials and plan ahead as watercolours are less-forgiving than other mediums. Every success is a real triumph though and I love to share what I’ve learned with other painters. 
Light is a crucial element in almost everything I paint. For me, it’s the life of the painting. I always strive to have interesting lighting in my work and try to create it though the application of subtle glazes and deep rich shadows. 

Achievements:
Child Within award – Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society International Juried Show Oct. 2019
Best Watercolour – Central Ontario Artists Association Juried Show, October 2019
Best of Show & 27 first place ribbons – Rockton World’s Fair, October 2019
Fan Favorite award – Oakville Art Society Juried Show, Sept 2019
Best Watercolour – East Central Ontario Artists Assoc. Juried Show June 2019
Finalist – Birds – Flight or Fancy Juried Exhibition August 2019
Finalist – BFAA ‘The Artist’s Mark’ Juried Show, January 2019
Best Watercolour – Central Ontario Art Association Juried Show, Sept/Oct 2018
Finalist - International Watercolour Society Juried Show, Sept/Oct 2018
Best of Show – Oakville Art Society Juried Show, June 2018
Finalist – Global Watercolor Artists Association, June 2018
3rd place – Wildlife Habitat Canada Stamp competition 2017
Gallery One Miniature Juried show – Mentor, Ohio
Honourable Mention – International Artist Magazine

Memberships:
IWS – International Watercolour Society
IWS Canada 
CSPWC - Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour
BFAA – Burlington Fine Art Society
OAS – Oakville Art Society
COAA – Central Ontario Artists Association
ECOAA – East Central Ontario Artists Association
FASM – Fine Art Society of Milton
HADA – Hamilton Area Decorative Artists

Apple & Lace 11x15"
Child Within Award - Oct 2019
NFWS International Exhibit 
Silver & Cherries
Best Watercolour - Oct 2019
Central Ontario Artists Association Juried Show
Afternoon Delight
Fan Favourite - Oct 2019
Oakville Art Society Juried Show