Shelby, when did you start with art? Do you remember your first artistic experiences?
I’ve been drawing my whole life. My father went to art school and is an amazing draftsman but never ended up having a career in the arts, so it was something I always aimed for but wasn’t sure how to do professionally. I won a drawing contest in the 4th grade and got to take community classes at an art college in Nashville. I continued classes through public school, and I eventually went to college there.
When did you understand that art would become your profession?
By the time I was in high school I realized there was nothing else that I was remotely good at. I decided to major in graphic design because I thought I’d need to make money as an artist and that would be the most obvious way. My specific discipline has changed overtime but visual communication has always been the overarching theme of my work.
Has your style changed over time ? How ? And how do you define it today?
Yes and no. I’ve always had a folksy twang to my work. Even when I try to be super polished, I mess up the spacing of letters in a word or draw an “A” backwards. So now, I’ve accepted that nothing I do will ever look like it was done with a machine and I am happy with that!
My mediums have changed a lot over the years. I used to be really into printmaking. I would make my own monoprints and screen prints, and I eventually worked as a letterpress printer. Then I became and illustrator and designer and was working digitally. Then I got into sign painting, and now I do a mix of sign painting, ceramics, and textile painting. It’s fun to challenge yourself with new skills and I hope to continue to move into different channels throughout my life. Continue Reading