Shelley Dell makes images with watercolors and colored pencils on paper about the quotidia of daily life. She finds that catching moments of beauty, closely observing sunlight as it changes and passes through, over, and around objects is an amazing and fascinating thing to observe and try to catch on paper.
Shelley graduated from NYU's Steinhart School where she studied painting and printmaking. After college she was awarded a grant to study classic painting methods in Venice, Italy. She later took classes at The Art Students League and The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Shelley's earlier large-scale abstract paintings, completed in New York and Venice, were precursors of her current work. Her current projects integrate classic painting and drawing techniques with the digital world. Her more recent small-scale work concentrates on details and edges, on places where light changes direction. All are explorations that follow the path of the light.
Her work is in private collections in America, Canada, and Europe. Some galleries where she has exhibited include 55 Mercer Gallery, Henry Hicks Gallery, and 80 Washington Square East Gallery in New York City and the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, Italy. She has been selected to exhibit work in numerous juried shows in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Editorial illustrations have been featured in Forbes, Newsweek, and numerous advertisements both regional and national.
Leave the Light On