It's pronounced like "shell" or the end of Michelle. If you let me, I'll try to tell you that I'm named after the Beatles song.
I’m an abstract oil painter (and sometimes fiber artist) living in Green Bay, WI. Growing up, I was never the kid that knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I remember wanting to be a ballerina at Disney World, an Olympic swimmer, a fashion designer, and a whole host of other weird options. That entire time, it was always art that had enchanted me. In a letter from my grandma, she remarked, “art was always your first love.” And in truth, I think I always knew I wanted to be creative, do something with my hands, & bring joy into this world.
My paintings focus a lot on the idea of joy. Bright colors, playful patterns, nature & floral elements. I believe that our homes and the spaces we spend time in should be joyful & welcoming places to live our lives. The world & our minds can be a difficult place to exist sometimes, & having a joyful environment does its little part to bring lightness & beauty into the world. I want to help bring that joy to the world. Your world.
While I am an oil painter, I have a somewhat untraditional process. I thin them out and build up layers of color & mystery. The mineral spirits react in unique ways to the different chemicals in oil paint, & so there is always an element of experimentation & serendipity. Because the layers are thin, they don't hide any mistakes from previous layers. To me, it feels like this wonderful metaphor for life. I can’t hide or change what has happened in the past; all I can do is keep moving & work to make the situation as beautiful as possible.
If you find me in my garage studio, I’m likely to be in my green overalls, covered in paint, & dancing to my wild assortment of music. I am incredibly tone deaf & at the same time extremely inspired by music. I get lost in the poetry of the lyrics. I’m a sucker for pop punk music, musical theatre (especially the shows we did in high school), and singer/songwriter melancholy types.
Generally I consider myself a bit of a skeptic (okay, maybe more than a bit), but the more I delve into the woo woo stuff, the more intrigued I get. I am somewhere between an ENTJ & an ENTP, an enneagram 5w4, and an Aries (with a Libra moon & rising just in case that’s important to you). I do a daily tarot pull & I love listening to a specific horoscope tarot reader on Youtube. Do I believe it? Undecided. Do I enjoy it? Yes.
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