“I It warms my heart, (and my toes) to be returning to the Forgotten Coast to paint the unique and irreplaceable sights of old Florida, to be reunited with friends, and to know that it’s a real WIN-WIN for the community, the collectors, as well as for the artists!”
Even as a young child, Shelby Keefe knew she was an artist. Coming from a family of artists and crafters in rural Wisconsin, she was encouraged to draw and paint and always had plenty of inspiration for making her artwork. Moving to Milwaukee for school opened a whole new world for her, and Shelby fell in love with the urban landscape and the grit of all things neglected. After earning her BFA in 1981, she embarked upon a career in graphic design.Though most of her time was spent as a graphic designer and single mother of two boys, she was always passionate about painting and made time to create her work. By doing group exhibitions, art fairs, and commission work, she gradually gained the attention of enough collectors and was able to retire from graphic design in 2005 to work full-time as a fine artist. As her reputation grew, she became sought after as an instructor, teaching workshops around the country and serving as faculty for the annual Plein Air Convention and Expo. She has been published in national magazines and featured on the cover of Southwest Art and Plein Air Magazine.
A consistent award-winner, Shelby has participated in museum shows, top-tiered plein air painting competitions and has attained Signature Status in Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, and American Women Artists. She has galleries in the west and her native Midwest. www.studioshelby.com