Artist Shelly Hearne

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Shelly Hearne
           From growing up on Cape Cod, to raising my own family in Colorado, my life has continually been filled with movement and color--the most essential elements of my work.  While these elements have always been present, my self-awareness as an artist did not surface until much later in life.
            I grew up, one of six children, in a little town called Falmouth, Massachusetts.  It was during high school that I first discovered my appreciation for art, and that I had a knack for it.  Not knowing what to do with this knack, and needing a change of environment, I joined the Air Force after graduation.  During my service, I was fortunate enough to travel all over this country, as well as others, and to see the world through a different lens.
            During my final years in the reserves, I began focusing more on art and earned a degree in Interior Design.  After working with an architect for a short time, I found that this type of work did not allow me the creative expression for which I was searching, so I began painting for myself again.
             I had finally found a medium and a method that was satisfying and I wanted to learn more.  I taught myself, through trial and error, to capture the curve of a calla lily, the rolling shadows of a mountain and the ever-changing colors of a forest.  My artistic influences include the works of Wolf Kahn and Georgia O'Keefe, among others.  I have worked with media ranging from copper, pastels and textured paper to acrylic paint and varyingly textured canvas. I finally made the jump to oils and have found a whole new playground!   My tools have ranged from my own fingers, paintbrushes, and socks to my [...]

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