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Local Artist Shelby Lynn Discovered her Passion for Art at Del Oro High School

Feb 21, 2019 08:08PM ● By Melissa Emerzian
Did you always want to be an artist?
No, I actually avoided art at all costs growing up! It wasn’t until my junior year at Del Oro High School when I was required to take an art class that I fell in love with art and found my passion of drawing and painting.

How did your educational background and experiences contribute to your evolution
as an artist.
At Del Oro, I had amazing art teachers that helped me challenge my newly found passion, encourage me, and give me the basic skills I needed. Del Oro High School art classes opened my eyes to my passion of art and inspired me to continue my art education in college at California State University: Sacramento. There, I started receiving formal training in painting. In 2014, I packed my bags and moved half way across the world to continue my art studies for a year in Florence, Italy. In Florence, I studied at the Scuola Libera del Nudo located within the Accademia di Belle Arti, the same location of Michelangelo’s iconic statue “David”. Among my time there I was involved in prominent art shows, including the 2015 Florence Biennale where my painting sold and is now in a permanent collection in Bologna. Upon returning, I graduated in 2016 with a BA in Studio Arts with a concentrations in painting and drawing from California State University: Sacramento. Currently, I paint in my home studio in Penryn and participate is as many art shows and galleries that I can.

Is there a particular artist that inspired you to become an artist in the first place, or perhaps there is a
palette of artists’ works that you look to for your influences?
I am always finding new artists thanks to social media! Early in my career, I was frequently inspired by the Romantic painter, J.M.W. Turner with his expressive, dramatic, and atmospheric skies. Presently, my favorite artists are landscape artists Layne Johnson, Allie Dattilio, and Aaron Schuerr.

What subjects inspire you?
I am extremely inspired by nature and this world we live in. The spring and fall are my favorite times of the year because of the dramatic skies and the changing colors of trees and flowers. It isn’t rare to see me photographing sunsets or sunrises so that I can later paint it. My dream for the future, however, is to paint mostly outside in the field! I am actively researching portable easels so that I can easily take my work on the go and paint outside in nature.

What gives you the most joy?
I find a great deal of joy in building my wood panels and canvas frames and find this process very therapeutic. I usually build multiple frames at once so, during this time, I like to envision the content and themes of that upcoming body of work. Additionally, I really enjoy the evolution of a painting from the beginning all the way to the finishing touches. During these times, I lose track of time and find myself lost in the processes.

Does the piece you are showing this weekend have a title and/or description you would like
I am so excited to be showing one of my recent paintings, “Worry Free”, this weekend at the local art show, the 2019 Rocklin Juried Art Show. This painting holds a dear place in my heart and I am very anxious to hear other’s interpretations. My inspiration for this painting came mostly from the hills and valleys surrounding the Loomis and Newcastle area. In this painting, there is a massive cloud in the sky with sunlight moving across the land. The saturated color palette and contrast are very relaxing to me and I often find myself staring at the painting getting lost in the hills. This is my second time participating in this show and am looking forward to seeing more of our talented local artists. The show takes place at the Rocklin Event Center on February 23 & 24th from12:00-5:00 PM each day. Feel free to stop by and say hello if you’re in the area!

I’m always open to hearing thoughts and comments from others or talking with other artists. Feel free to contact me on any of the below sites:
EMAIL: [email protected]
INSTAGRAM: @shelbylynnfineart


Figure 1: Shelby with her recent painting, "Worry Free". 25 x 35 inches, Oil on Wood.