Shelley Wales

Duffy Lake, Lillooet BC

Watercolour on paper

18"x 24"

$550.00

                                                                             Biography

 

Born and raised in Vancouver, Shelley put on her first pair of downhill skis at two and she has had a love affair with the mountains since. This has evolved into a passion for hiking, exploring and painting British Columbia’s wilderness, resulting in yearly trips into the more remote corners of the province.

 

Introduced to art at a young age by a family friend, Shelley knew from the time she was in elementary school that she wanted to be an artist.

 

At 20 she moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia to attend the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD). While at NSCAD she did a double major and received both her BDes (Honours) in Communication Design as well as her BFA in painting. 

 

While in the BFA program Shelley studied painting under the guidance of Gerald Ferguson and Alex Livingston. Her time at NSCAD had a large impact on her work today. It was there that she was first introduced to watercolour and fell in love with landscape while taking a landscape painting course taught by Monica Tap. In her last year of the BFA program she was the recipient of a faculty nominated scholarship from the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.

 

Upon graduating Shelley moved back to Vancouver to be close to the mountains and her family. In 2001 she started a home based boutique Graphic Design studio which enables her to paint part time.

 

Currently Shelley works primarily in watercolour. Her landscapes are reminiscent of her charcoal sketches. They are loose and spontaneous, often playing with the unpredictable and fluid nature of the medium. 

 

She paints and lives in Boundry Bay, BC with her son, partner and dog.

Available Art Work for Purchasing

For enquiry, please contact the gallery at info@visualspace.ca or call 1 604 559 0576

Viewing is available by appointment at the gallery.

Angels Traverse, Lucky Strike Mine

Stein Valley Nlaka’Pamux Provincial Heritage Park, BC

Watercolour and soft pastel on paper

10.25"x 7"

$250.00

After two long dry days we moistened our thirsty mouths with our last precious drops of water and searched for a way down to relief.

Morning at Russet Lake

Garibaldi Provincial Park, BC 

 

Watercolour  and soft pastel on paper

24"x 18"

$550.00

We looked back into the coming day with no regrets.

Angels Traverse, Ridge Walking 

Stein Valley Nlaka’Pamux Provincial Heritage Park, BC

Watercolour and soft pastel on paper

7"x 10.25"

$250.00

It was a rollercoaster full of twists and turns with perilous drops leaving us wanting more.

My landscape paintings are based on photographs that I have taken on both day and multiday trips into the backcountry of British Columbia with my son.

 

Because of the ever present challenges presented by adventuring in the wilderness alone with a young person, pack weight, ever dwindling daylight, bugs and often uncooperative weather my camera has become my sketch book and an important part of my art practice. I always hike with it out, photographing the moments I want to paint and recording the landscapes we travel through. I mostly use a fixed length 50mm lens with my camera so that the moments I’m recording are as similar to what my eyes are seeing as possible. Shooting raw I do much of my pre painting studies through processing my photographs in adobe lightroom and then once I am happy with them taking them into the studio to do large loose gestural charcoal sketches on paper before starting painting.

 

Working primarily in watercolour, my paintings are loose and spontaneous in feeling. I love the unpredictable nature of the medium, to me it is reminiscent of travel in the landscapes I paint and the illusion of control we have over them. More recently I have been introducing graphite and soft pastel drawing and mark making into my landscapes by layering them over top of the finished painting. This brings more depth and texture into parts of the piece, making specific features more representational than others. Like memories, my paintings are impressions of a place and a moment in time. Some things standing out more than others and others fading, becoming more abstract the closer you look.

 

My sons presence has had a huge impact on my work. The moments my paintings depict and the stories behind those moments often revolve around the memories, challenges, hazards, and the rewards of traveling alone with him in the wilderness.

 

Working in series, the paintings as a whole are a cumulative landscape of a particular trip into the backcountry and each individual painting is a moment from that trip. Not all the moments painted are perfect or pretty. Each exist somewhere between fiction and reality, like a great fishing story.

Angels Travers, Silent Hub

Stein Valley Nlaka’Pamux Provincial Heritage Park, BC

Watercolour and soft pastel on paper

7"x 10.25"

$250.00

Leaving the warmth of security we climbed.

Russet Lake, Whirlwind Peak

Garibaldi Provincial Park, BC

Watercolour, Graphite and Soft Pastel on Paper

33"x 20"

$750.00

Lower Ault Lake, Gold Bridge BC

 

Watercolour on Paper

24"x 18"

$550.00

Mount Ferguson, Gold Bridge BC

Watercolour on Paper

18"x 24"

$550.00

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