Shelby Keefe

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

“I am passionate about drawing and depicting my subjects with honesty as well as expressiveness. My goal is to create a fresh perspective to the recognizable world without being predictable or mundane. Being comfortable at rendering in oil paint, I enjoy tackling complex subjects from cityscapes to the figure in the ala prima method of wet on wet.

Shelby Keefe is an award-winning impressionist painter, teacher and performance artist. Utilizing a vibrant underpainting technique of complimentary colors, her oil paintings are complex, but not overly-worked. As she continues to grow as a representationalist painter, she develops her ability to say more with less. With a BFA in 1981 and a career in graphic design, she became a full-time fine artist in 2005 painting, teaching and competing nationwide and working in her studio/gallery. She was recently featured on the cover of PleinAir Magazine with her first place prize in the magazine’s 2013 Salon Competition. She has collectors all over the country in corporate, museum and public collections. "I'm attracted to scenes where the subjects are dramatically lit, which adds a vibrancy and a sense of immediacy to my paintings. I bring my passion for drawing into my paintings which depict architecture, people, or cars; applying the oils freely and liberally over vibrantly toned under paintings.” Visit her website for more work:

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