Shelley Smith

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Shelley Smith

United States


Shelley Smith is magnetically drawn to subjects that appear to have stories to tell. They’re typically well-worn like a favorite pair of jeans. With a particularly fond affection for architecture and structures, she tends to romanticize these subjects in her paintings – depicting them in better condition than real life – which sets her artwork apart from that of a photograph.

Shelley knew her colors before she could talk, and like many artists, has been creating art for as long as she can remember. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Economics and an MBA, and although exposed to a broad range of mediums, she has specifically focused on oil painting for over 20 years.

Shelley is a member of Oil Painters of America, International Guild of Realism, American Artists Professional League (elected member), and American Women Artists (signature member).


2022 International Guild of Realism Annual Exhibit.

2022, 2021, 2020 American Women Artists National Exhibit, Award of Excellence (2020). 2021 Spring On-Line Show.

2022, 2021 American Artists Professional League Members On-line Show. 2020 Grand National Exhibition, Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff Award.

2020, 2016, 2015 Oil Painters of America Salon Show. 2020 National Exhibition. 2017 Eastern Regional Exhibition.

2020, 2016 Museum of Wisconsin Art, Wisconsin Artists Biennial. 2018, 2017 Art & Chalk Fest, Best of Show Award (2017). Grand Opening Exhibit 2013.

2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 Milwaukee Art Museum, Lakefront Festival of Art.


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