Artist Kaylyn Shelby

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A Fort Collins Native, Kay comes from a family of artists & musicians. She was fortunate to grow up with a full-time artist mother, Ellie Weakley, a well-known artist throughout the west. Both her influence and encouragement to love art planted the seed in Kay. Furthermore, she was able to tag along with her mom to paint with such incredible artists such as Charles Reid and Richard Schmid before she even turned 15! 
Kay received a B.F.A.  at SMU, then moved to Chicago where she further studied at the American Academy of Art. She was extremely fortunate to study under Irving Shapiro in his last year at the Academy and won the Irving Shapiro Award for her watercolor of “Day at the Races.” 
While Kay was in school, she worked as an art director at Foote Cone and Belding, an advertising agency in Chicago. She continued to work in graphic design and started pursuing photography while she worked at Pinnacle Promotion Group, also in Chicago. In early 1990, Kay also taught watercolor workshops at the Northshore Art League in Winnetka, Illinois. 
After marriage and her third child was born, Kay left the agency world and worked primarily in photography and watercolor. Living in Glencoe, Illinois, with 3 young children, she became known as the photographer for the local schools and would be hired to do photography for private charities. In addition, the north shore realtors and builders would hire Kay to paint watercolors and renderings of homes for brochures, sales and gifts for the clients. 
Since moving back to her home state of Colorado in 2012, she has also returned to her primary loves of painting and photography. Kay’s work varies between watercolor, gouache, ink and oils. Her subjects range from “crowd scenes” to bikes, landscapes, architecture and life. As a photographer, she aims to portray the [...]

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