Born and raised in the small French town of Presque Isle, off the coast of southern Maine, Shelbee grew up with rich artistic traditions. Her mother, an interior designer, was her first great inspiration. They would spend hours examining the intricate work of God in the face of the tiniest flowers. Her father left the high-tech computer industry to open a specialty store featuring fine furniture and accessories. Shelbee’s only sister is an artist and the owner of a company that distributes art. Claude Almand, her uncle, was an art professor in Connecticut and Shelbee remembers being exposed to his work early on.
After high school graduation, Shelbee majored in art at the University of Southern Maine. Greatly encouraged by Art Prof. David Schneider, she later apprenticed with Downeast Design Resources and with Colores International.
Marriage brought Shelbee to Taos in the early 90’s where her work has been influenced by strong Christian roots, the power and simplicity of the land and her newly found Spanish heritage. An abstract painter who entered the Taos Open Show, in 1997 Shelbee was honored with the People’s Choice Award. She has exhibited at various shows and galleries around the world including N.Y.; Atlanta; Birmingham, England; the Caribbean; and of course here in the Southwest! Her work can be seen in Taos at the Michael McCormick Gallery.
In her painting, Shelbee desires to show movement and change through a mixture of mediums and textures to create a sense that “life” is occurring, even as we stop to view it.