About

Hello and Welcome! 

Artwork by Shelley Irish

Through my art, I explore the web of psychology and meditation. I am an artist obsessed with neuroaesthetics and how art effects the brain. I aim to paint beautiful things that act as a bridge between the rawness of feelings and the healing power of imagination and meditation. 

When I paint, I feel like a choreographer pausing the dance of shadow, light and color at the precise moment where all of them are in their full expression. To find that full expression of each component of the dance, I use a combination of classic and modern oil painting techniques. 

I live and work in Seattle, Washington, USA. I was born in Denver, Colorado, USA. I love my family and friends, any body of water, reading and writing, music, traveling and my garden.

I am a proud member of the Society for Art of Imagination!

Exhibitions:

Portals, Society for Art of Imagination, online, 2021

The Cosmic Creatrix, Moonrise Studios, Seattle, WA, 2019

Kinda Blue, Blue Door Art Center, Yonkers, NY, 2018

Visionary Art Award, Moscow, Russia, 2018

Women by Women, Blue Door Art Gallery, Yonkers, NY, 2018

Visionary Alchemy, One Art Space, New York, NY, 2017

Beep Wales, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales UK, 2014

Chakra Rainbow, the Gallery at Nine 10 Arts, Denver, CO, USA, 2011

Artists Against Convention, Next Gallery, Denver, CO, USA, 2008

Publications:

We’Moon on the Wall Calendar and Datebook, We’Moon Oregon, USA, 2015, 2016 2018, 2019, 2020

Wee Book of Creativity, Child Rescue Foundation, Colorado, USA, 2002

Colorado Symphony Cookbook, Colorado Symphony, Colorado, USA, 1996

Residency:

Moonrise Studios, Greenwood Arts Collective, Seattle, WA, 2019 – present

Nine10Arts, Santa Fe Arts District, Denver, CO 2006 – 2010

Education:

MFA Figurative Oil Painting, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, 2009

Copy Artist Certification and Painting Courses, Ateliers du Carroussel & the Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris, France, 2006

BA Studio Art and International Studies, University of Denver, CO, 2003