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Shelley is a dedicated artist who strives to be in her studio everyday where possible. The artist who formerly worked from a home based studio has made the recent move to Cast in Helston. Located in an elevated position in the old secondary school and occupying part of the old loft, this spacious and light environment has allowed the artist to work to a far larger scale than has previously been possible, and offers the opportunity to step back and review progress. Shelly is probably the most passionate creative we have interviewed to date, she thoroughly loves being an artist and gets fidgety if something prevents her from working. One allowance made is for regular trips to the well stocked library at Falmouth University for research that helps inspire and keep her on track.

2013 was a very good year for Shelly with several group shows and the move to her new Helston based studio, 2014 stands to be an even better year with the artist looking to do more group shows, Open Studios and the tantalising mention of a solo show based on her recent works. Spending more time in the studio and a changing personal attitude to her work has allowed the artist to create the kind of art she feels she should be making, which is truly from the soul. Shedding preconceived ideas about what the work should be or look like, has freed her from asking herself why she is doing something, justifying what it is she is saying and focusing on the image making itself.

January has started with a fresh impetus, Shelley has been accepted onto a new mentoring course developed by the Newlyn School of Art. This pioneering course for Cornwall draws on the strengths of leading artists who tutor at the school. There were many artists who submitted applications to join, selection was made by portfolios reviews and interviews, standards were very high, so it is testament to Shelly’s work and commitment that she was excepted. As the artist explained, it has been fantastic to have this opportunity to discuss creativity on a deeper level which she feels is already pushing her craft to another level. Lectures and talks by the course mentors have been fascinating, and the fellow members of the course who represent diverse disciplines of the arts have all helped move her art forward.

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Aesthetip february 2014  

Aesthetip is an inspirational magazine for a creative soul. Showcasing the art and design hub we have in Cornwall. Every publication will sh...

Aesthetip february 2014  

Aesthetip is an inspirational magazine for a creative soul. Showcasing the art and design hub we have in Cornwall. Every publication will sh...

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