Artist Biography

I began painting over 30 years ago beginning in the fifth grade and have studied art at the Southwest Museum of Art, Midland, Tx;  Baylor University, and workshops in Jackson, Mississippi and Tyler, Tx.  The greatest influences of my painting style came from living in the Deep South for over fourteen years.  Living in Jackson, Mississippi, gave me the chance to visit New Orleans frequently to study art.  My passion for art began in the fifth grade under the tutelage of my grandmother, who was an accomplished artist in her own right.
  I have worked with young people and adults of all ages. I regularly submit to juried art shows and am an active participant with Tyler’s Art Scene.  As an Art Educator with The Brook Hill Upper School, from 2014 to 2015,  I taught art for 6th through 12th grades.  Currently I am also an art instructor with Tyler Junior College’s Continuing Studies.
 I am the illustrator for Pet Fairy children’s book and currently illustrate art for nationwide church bulletins with Anchor Wallace Publications. I have been the Children’s Artist for Cattlebaron’s Little Wrangler’s.  I worked with oncology children to create  paintings to fundraise for the American Cancer Society.


 

 My Artist Statement

I create fine art paintings using oil, acrylic, mixed media and watercolor.  My style is impressionistic that utilizes bright contrasting colors. I paint landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, abstracts, animal and human portraits.
I paint images in vivid color that I hope others will connect with.  I paint with all the feeling in my heart to send a message to my viewer.  My goal is to draw the viewer in to study my work to find hidden images.
My inspiration for my art was instilled at an early age by my artist grandmother, Wauzelia Shelley, who travelled around Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City selling her landscape paintings out of the trunk of her car.  Her home was filled with art traded with other artists and from workshops. She was my first painting instructor.