Featured artist… Shelby Keefe!

“Alterations” by Shelby Keefe – Image: StudioShelby.com

Best Painting with an Architectural Subject
Easels in Frederick (MD), Painting Competion, June 2012

Isn’t this a fabulous painting? The fabulous architecture, the shadows on the building, the reflections in the window, the vibrant blue facade… gorgeous! Check out Shelby’s website, she’s a fantastic painter. I really enjoy her work!

Here’s a blip about Shelby from her website:

Impressionist Oil Painter

Shelby Keefe is a contemporary impressionistic painter, teacher and performance artist. Born in Whitewater, WI in 1958, she graduated in 1981 with a BFA from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI.  After retiring from a career in graphic design in 2005, she operates her own art studio and exhibition space in Bay View, on the south side of Milwaukee. Her award-winning urban landscape paintings have earned her participation in prestigious national juried shows, plein air painting competitions, and arts festivals as well as garnering commission work for a variety of corporate clients and private collectors. Her oil paintings are found in collections such as The Bradley Foundation, Acuity, Northwestern Mutual, Ozaukee Country Club; WE Energies; University School of Milwaukee; and other businesses around Milwaukee, and in private collections in Wisconsin and around the country.

Artist Statement
“I am influenced by Impressionism and the brighter Fauvist palette and generally specialize in urban architectural subjects. I use my own photographs as reference as well as painting “en plein air”. My creative intentions are to put the viewer in the scene; transporting them to the location and transforming their mood through color and composition. I’m attracted to scenes where the subjects are dramatically lit, which adds a vibrancy and a sense of immediacy to the paintings. I like to apply the oils freely and liberally over brilliant acrylic underpaintings, creating a juxtaposition of contrasting colors that vibrate and illicit emotional engagement as well as excite the eye. I believe that a work of art has a longer lasting, “multi-generational wall life” when the viewer continually finds something new in the work, and the paint, itself, is allowed to do the “talking.”

Catch you back here tomorrow!


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