ABOUT THE ART & HOW IT’S PRESENTED:
It is eclectic. My first love is abstract and impressionistic art, but I do representational art as well. I am especially moved by the local nature of California’s coast: the ocean with all of its changing light, majesty and beauty, coastal and tropical botanicals and palm silhouettes of all kinds.
It is about imagination and experimentation. Many of my abstracts evolve from the way I see the world. They come from reflections, refractions, anything that captures my eye in the moment. I created the Six Word Stories Gallery with titles for the images as Ernest Hemingway did with his six-word story: "For Sale: Baby shoes. Never Worn." He had bet his friends at a lunch in Cuba that he could write a story in six words. And he won. I've combined an eclectic group of images with a six-word story title for each. Enjoy. Another experimental technique is called Intentional camera movement (ICM). Intentionally moving the camera while shooting creates light paintings that are captured as the camera moves.
It has a contemporary look.
I print my images on various substrates: on acrylic sheets; on large canvases finished with epoxy, or brushed aluminum gallery wraps, all ready to hang. Custom sizes up to 40x40" All are very contemporary looks. On the metal wraps, the brushed aluminum shows through giving the images a depth and a metallic shimmer that I love. The canvas with epoxy is a gorgeous finish! We can also create decorative pillows and other items for your home.
I was born and raised in the spectacular natural beauty of Alaska. Nature and the environment still inform the work that I do as an artist today. I left as a young adult hungry for exposure to urban environments and the arts and culture they have to offer that I missed as a child. Currently, I live and create in Carlsbad, California near the Pacific Ocean. I am largely a self-taught artist and creative. When I retired from the workaday world in 2015, I experimented with a variety of media and eventually settled on digital photography and mixed media as my primary modes of expression. Using everyday experiences as a starting point, I directly respond to the present circumstance and moment, not knowing exactly what my camera lens will capture. It is with the alchemy of imagination, experimentation, and editing that the visual gift emerges.
ABOUT MY BUSINESS:
Grace Shelley Art provides concierge art services to individuals and businesses. Let us create or locate a piece of art that will enrich your space and personalize your brand.
I am YOUR art connection. I can create a lovely piece of art (custom sizes and on the substrate of your preference) from a treasured photograph you’ve taken, produce one of my images, or introduce you to a painter, sculptor, or furniture maker that I represent.
Please call me if you wish to set up a local appointment to discuss our services. 401-622-8038 or send me your info via the CONTACT ME! button above.
Eternal gratitude to my numerous mentors. You know who you are. C. Grace Shelley