Born and raised in Vancouver, Shelley put on her first pair of downhill skis at two and she has had a love affair with the mountains since. This has evolved into a passion for hiking, exploring and painting British Columbia’s wilderness, resulting in yearly trips into the more remote corners of the province.
Introduced to art at a young age by a family friend, Shelley knew from the time she was in elementary school that she wanted to be an artist.
At 20 she moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia to attend the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD). While at NSCAD she did a double major and received both her BDes (Honours) in Communication Design as well as her BFA in painting.
While in the BFA program Shelley studied painting under the guidance of Gerald Ferguson and Alex Livingston. Her time at NSCAD had a large impact on her work today. It was there that she was first introduced to watercolour and fell in love with landscape while taking a landscape painting course taught by Monica Tap. In her last year of the BFA program she was the recipient of a faculty nominated scholarship from the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.
Upon graduating Shelley moved back to Vancouver to be close to the mountains and her family. In 2001 she started a home based boutique Graphic Design studio, inEthos, which enables her to paint part time.
Currently Shelley works primarily in watercolour. Her landscapes are reminiscent of her charcoal sketches. They are loose and spontaneous, often playing with the unpredictable and fluid nature of the medium.