Shelly has worked as a painter and community art teacher since graduating from Indiana University in 1990 with a BA in Fine Arts. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Cincinnati in 1994 and now lives in the mountains of North Carolina.
"In my studies of physics and the natural world, I have been exploring theories about universal and interconnected form. In my work, I use forms and patterns which represent ideas about how things are connected on both microscopic and macro-scale levels. In essence, I have developed my own way of visualizing nature as a unified field. And my work is basically about this way that I see all things fitting together in a seemingly chaotic world, to create a cosmos that I feel cannot be overlooked. Chaos and cosmos is a good way to also describe the way I work. I begin with seemingly chaotic layers of oil paint, wax, and resin. Then, as I scrape and move paint on the surface while adding more layers of marks, forms emerge and the connections are revealed. Cosmos!"