Shelley Bolton

Shelley BoltonShelley Bolton (Sheebo) is an abstract artist living in Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband, three children and two studio dogs. Originally from Laurel, Mississippi, she has been involved in the visual arts from early childhood. She attended the University of Mississippi where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in graphic design. In addition to working in many different mediums, Shelley has spent the last thirteen years in the classroom teaching art to both children and adults and has also presented nationally. She is personally inspired by the organic and simplistic way children create without overthinking. Influenced by the Cubism style, Shelley creates shapes from lines and patterns and blends them together with a myriad of layered colors. She commissions privately and commercially and has exhibited in both solo and group shows. Her work is currently available at Bingham and Broad in Memphis, Tennessee. From childhood on, my love of art has been an integral part of my everyday life as I have enjoyed working in many different mediums in the visual arts. For the past thirteen years, I have taught elementary art based on the principle that there are no wrong answers in the creative process. Beautiful things have emerged from children working without boundaries and the fear of failure. Through them I have found that my personal work has been greatly impacted. Abstract in nature, my paintings are a visual interpretation of my personality……busy, loud, and full of happy accidents! I see everyday things in segmented shapes and patterns pushing layers of color into them. Working mostly with acrylic, oil pastel, and charcoal, my work can often have a mosaic feel to it. I am thankful to God for the ability to create, and I acknowledge that it is a gift for which I take no credit.

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