Shelley Lee Marie

Shelley L. Marie was born in Frederick, Maryland in 1979. In 2005 she received a Master of Fine Arts degree from American University, attending their two-year program in Italy. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and a minor in Interdisciplinary Dance from Pennsylvania State University in 2002. Shelley has exhibited nationally and internationally including Rome (Italy), and Corciano (Italy). Shelley also had the honor of working with Smack Mellon Studios (Brooklyn, NY) on Mir2 a multimedia installation and performance, winner of the “Bessie NY Performance and Dance Award." Other professional positions and experiences include: educator/instructor (Art History and Studio art), performance and collaborative artist, personal assistant, and exhibition curator, designer and installer. Shelley has over seven years experience working for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Recent mixed media paintings draw inspiration from an exploration of environmental survival, social and domestic interaction, medical restoration and the emotional complexities of our companionships. It is a fascination over our ability to heal and adapt to both physical and psychological wounds: the fragility of flesh and mind, the organic forces of nature, the reliance on medical intervention and the overlapping patterns that these have with one another.

Shelley’s nature-inspired works are deeply connected to the human body. They use vibrant hues that are striking, yet gentle, plunging the viewer into little worlds of color. Her unique media usage, which includes materials such as gauze and rose petals, exhibit some of the intricacies between life, nature, and the human form.

Life’s struggles can be disastrous for our bodies, our minds and our relationships, but it can also be wondrously revitalizing.

“As an artist it is with integrity that she addresses her issues: the empathy for form as a means for exploring the possibilities of meaningful personal content; the integration of a strong, yet subtle sense of light and complex interplay of movement and form in relation to content... Shelley’s work is an outgrowth of her attitudes about art and about life. The thoroughness of her dedication results in a sense of conviction. This sense of commitment and seriousness allows her to communicate both ideas and means to those around her.”
- Don Kimes
Professor, Director Studio Art Program, American University
Artistic Director, Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution

Home-page Image: Untitled 5, 2016, Mixed Media on Canvas, 14” x 11”