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Theresa Shelton



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Theresa Shelton

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Vine Grove KY
United States
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Artist's Statement
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Although Theresa was born in South Carolina while her father was stationed at the Charleston Naval Base, she has spent most of her life in the heartland of Kentucky. Growing up on the family farm, she developed a passion for art early in her life. Her fondness for nature became a catalyst for her creativity. With encouragement from her mother, Theresa eagerly pursued her artistic passion. At the age of 10, she received a Jon Gnaggy drawing set for Christmas and faithfully performed every exercise until the pages were worn. Theresa continued to study and hone her talent throughout her formative years, amassing an impressive collection of awards for a young artist along the way. She has now developed her own distinctive style after studying under such masters as Robert Hoffman, Cheng Khee Chee, Gerald Brommer and Charles Gruppe. Using her favorite mediums of oil and pastel, she captures the essence of her subjects in impressionistic realism. Florals, still lifes and landscapes flow from her talented brush with a serenity that mimics her own personality. Despite being color blind, her interpretations have a depth and perspective that belies that 'handicap'. "I feel it gives me a unique advantage", she says. "It allows me to be more intuitive, creating color in places where my eyes pick up mostly shades of gray and brown."
An interest in Plein Air painting has led Theresa to extensive travels with other artists to explore this style of painting. She has found that capturing the color, value and mood of a subject is best done through direct observation. Even in the studio she works from life whenever possible. In 2010, Theresa made the leap to full time artist, retiring after 32 years of owning a garden center with her husband, Tim. She now maintains studios in Vine Grove, KY and North Fort Myers, FL.
Theresa is a founding member and past president of the Central Kentucky Art Guild. In 2001, she was voted CKAG ‘Artist of the Year’. She is an ‘Exhibiting Member’ of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen; a juried participant in 'Kentucky Crafted: The Market’ and a member of Oil Painters of America. Theresa was awarded a 7’x 24’ mural commission to depict historical buildings and people for the Historic State Theater, Elizabethtown, KY in 2004. She has exhibited across the Midwest and Southeast United States and abroad. In 2007, she was nominated for inclusion to Southern Artistry, a showcase of outstanding southern artists. Winning numerous awards in juried shows in a vast array of venues, Theresa’s paintings hang in public and private collections across the United States and abroad.
                “Creating is something I have to do! It’s part of who I am.”

Representation:

Liz-Beth Art Gallery, Knoxville, TN
                                                                                                               
Art of Danville, Danville, KY

WildChild Art Gallery, Matlacha, FL         

Kentucky Artisan Center, Berea, KY         

Damselfly Gallery, Midway, KY


                                                                                                                                                                              

 
Winged Affair

Theresa Shelton Winged Affair
Winged Affair
CLASS: Oil Painting
CATEGORY: Animals
MEDIA: oil
SIZE: 36x24
YEAR: 2016
ibis at pond
Rise and Shine

Theresa Shelton Rise and Shine
Rise and Shine
CLASS: Oil Painting
CATEGORY: Landscape
MEDIA: oil on canvas
SIZE: 36x36
YEAR: 2015
Nolin Lake rock at sunrise with heron. gallery wrap
Dainty Desert

Theresa Shelton Dainty Desert
Dainty Desert
CLASS: Oil Painting
CATEGORY: Animals
MEDIA: oil
SIZE: 12x9
YEAR: 2016
Monarch butterfly on fall sedum blooms. On
linen panel
October Harmony

Theresa Shelton October Harmony
October Harmony
CLASS: Oil Painting
CATEGORY: Landscape
SIZE: 24x30
Tree Top Trio

Theresa Shelton Tree Top Trio
Tree Top Trio
CLASS: Oil Painting
CATEGORY: Animals
MEDIA: oil
SIZE: 36x36
YEAR: 2015
Brown pelicans in mangrove tops. For sale at WildChild Art Gallery
Traces of Last Season

Theresa Shelton Traces of Last Season
Traces of Last Season
CLASS: Oil Painting
CATEGORY:
SIZE: 30x40
Sunny Boots

Theresa Shelton Sunny Boots
Sunny Boots
CLASS: Oil Painting
CATEGORY: Animals
MEDIA: oil on canvas
SIZE: 12x16
YEAR: 2015
back and white cat sunning on concrete bench. For sale at Liz-Beth Gallery
Spring Sycamore

Theresa Shelton Spring Sycamore
Spring Sycamore
CLASS: Oil Painting
CATEGORY: Landscape
SIZE: 30x40



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