Shelli Walters, who paints fresh images of everything from bikes, to figures to landscapes is the featured artist during February at Tumalo Art Co. The show opens during the First Friday Gallery Walk, February 7 from 5-9pm.
A graphic designer for 20+ years, she enjoys the playful interaction and surprise that occurs by alternating layers of collage and acrylic paint. “I am inspired by life and nature but also by individuals with a unique, independent spirit and the courage to live life on their own terms. Having a way to honor those inspirations is what makes me tick. It is my intention to express freedom, joy and empowerment in my work. I enjoy the playful interaction and surprise that occurs by alternating layers of collage and acrylic paint. Having been a graphic designer for 20+ years I find it cathartic tearing up discarded graphic materials and giving them new life in my paintings. I am drawn to bold color as a way to convey the urgency and power of living life in the moment. Layers upon layers of paint and collage add depth and texture – inviting the viewer to look closer, as in life, there is always so much more to be seen and experienced if we will just take a moment to observe and connect.”
Shelli is Tumalo Art Co.’s newest collective member.
Tumalo Art Co. is an artist-run gallery in the heart of the Old Mill District. Open everyday; tumaloartco.com; 541-385-9144
Artist and curator, Marlene Alexander, who has been teaching art to children in Central Oregon for over 40 years, was recently chosen as best Children’s Art Teacher by Bend Nest: