Artist Ken Shuey

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Oil and watercolors, drawings and sketches

I have been drawing and painting for most of my life.  My first commissioned work was at 10 years old when I painted cattails on 3 panels for a bedroom screen and was paid $5.00.  "Wow, get paid for what I like to do!"  I have tried to build on that ever since. 

Trying to live off of one's artwork has often required doing all manner of jobs to support self and family, and that has given me valuable experience with all kinds of people and all forms of art.  Behind it all has been an absolute passion for painting in oil and watercolor and a habit of always having a sketchbook on hand for capturing whatever life presents before me.

I have worked  with authors of children's picture books and middle level books to bring their books to life with creative illustrations.  I have also authored and illustrated a children's book entitled: I am a Mountain. Published by A Brighter Light in the World.  My collaborations with my daughter, Kate West, include, La Befana and the Star.  Other titles can be found on this website. please click on the menu above "Illustrations" and "Letters from authors."

My Journey:
I was with the Peace Corps in Borneo, in Western Samoa, and in Hawai'i.  Travels across the United States, Europe, Southeast Asia and the Islands of the Pacific have yielded numerous plein air paintings and drawings.  In the early 1960s I spent a year hitch hiking around Europe --working at a ski resort in the Bavarian Alps, crewing on trans-oceanic yachts, and painting on the sidewalks of Paris and Munich.

As an Instructor assisting Betty Edwards in her International Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Seminars, I fell in love with teaching Dr. Edwards methods for giving people of all ages the ability to draw.  I was an Art [...]

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