About the Artist
With a background in ecology, Shelby Willis brings her love for nature and wildlife to life in soulful and expressionistic paintings. Each artwork is created with the intent of exuding positive energy and inspiring outside of the box appreciation for nature.
Shelby mainly works in acrylic and her style can be described as impressionistic, vibrant, and intuitive. Although she usually has an idea of the subject matter she would like to paint Shelby finds pure creative happiness and freedom in the process of trusting her intuition to take her in the right direction with each added layer.
Shelby has put this sentiment into action by tackling two large scale murals in Alberta and Manitoba, Canada. She has also teamed up with another artist to turn a full size arena ice rink into a coloring sheet, and will soon be collaborating with youth and another artist to paint a skateboard park. Not surprisingly creating large scale sidewalk art came naturally to Shelby.
After receiving an anonymous gift of hot chocolate and mugs at her doorstep amidst the pandemic, Shelby was inspired to create chalk art on her driveway to say thank you and spread some joy in her neighborhood. She chose to incorporate the message “Sunnier Days Ahead” as a short and sweet reminder that we will make it through this together, and hopefully come out better on the other side.
“Find Your Zen”, 20″ x20″, Acrylic on Canvas