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Artist Marikay Shellman


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Biography


Marikay Shellman was born in Louisville, Kentucky and moved to Florida as a young teenager. Her grandmother introduced her to art, taking her to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida where she spent her formative years. The museum was filled with old masters: Rubens, Bernini, Gainsborough, and Velasquez, to name a few. While earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado Boulder in the late 1960’s-early 1970’s, Marikay was introduced to abstract mixed media by her painting instructors, Gene Matthews and Frank Sampson. She fell in love with the complexities and challenges of abstraction, which has remained her primary style throughout her career as an artist.
 
Music, in all its lyrical essence, has been an integral part of Shellman’s subject matter. She always finds herself painting to music and using many images created by songs in her artwork. Marikay & Fred, her musician and ski instructor husband, moved to Ophir, Colorado in 1973. Along with Fall Creek Band, they began Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
 
In 1976, her young family moved to Magpie Acres, the 40-acre ranch where Marikay currently lives and has a beautiful studio. As a rancher, gardener, and novice beekeeper, she enjoys working every day on her ranch surrounded by fields with the La Plata mountains in the distance. The beauty, tranquility, and nature have a strong voice in Shellman’s artwork. Marikay also finds inspiration in the world beyond her picturesque ranch. Never one to shy away from current events or injustice, her artwork often focuses on the political arena through abstract expression. From the turmoil of the Vietnam era to the current tragic school shootings, reaction to politics has often been a subject in her work expressing her emotions through paint and ink, line and color.
 
Shellman has shown her artwork throughout the Four [...]

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