|Hold On Tight - Mixed media on paper|
From the Brush of Artist - Hello, my name is Shellie Garber and I am from Portland Oregon, USA.
I began abstract painting about a year and a half ago. My mother is an artist and teacher and I grew up in an artistic family. My parents were always very creative. I sort of went the other direction with my career and became a registered nurse. I love the sciences including math and chemistry. I wanted a career with a dependable paycheck because I had seen my parents who are self-employed struggle at times to make ends meet. I always thought that I was mostly left brain inclined. However, one day, about a year and a half ago, I was visiting my mothers studio while she was painting. I told her I thought it looked like fun. She basically challenged me to create an abstract painting just to see what I would come up with, so I did. I absolutely fell in love with the process and I actually really liked my first painting too! From that moment forward I was hooked. I went out and bought some paints, paper, and a couple of small canvases and began to paint. I am completely self-taught. My mother has offered several painting tips, but she has always encouraged me to find my own way. I mostly have learned to paint through daily practice, exploring, experimenting and playing. I watch online painting videos and I view lots and lots of images of abstract art. I have several favorite abstract artists that continue to inspire me. Cy Twombly and Margaret Mitchell are among my favorites.
I utilize several mediums in my paintings, including acrylic, oil, pencil, oul pastel, collage and spray paint. I paint pretty much every day, and have since I began. If I don't get to paint on a particular day I feel anxious. Painting allows me to work out my emotions, to bring forth and release the tension and stress of the day. It is very cathartic and relaxing for me. I dream about painting while I sleep and think about it throughout the day. You could say I am somewhat obsessed!!
I particularly enjoy abstract painting because there are no limits. Abstraction is a language of shapes, colors, textures and marks that I find beautiful and mysterious. I very much love communicating with the world in this unique way. I have recently begun to show in local art galleries in Portland Oregon. I have had three gallery exhibitions so far.
|Patchwork Heart - Mixed media acrylic on paper|
|Déjà vu - Acrylic, oil pastel and pencil on paper|
|Time Out - Mixed media on paper|
|Haiku - Acrylic and oil pastel on paper|
|City by the Sea - Acrylic and pencil on canvas|
|Glass Houses - Acrylic and pencil on canvas|
|Bunny Parade - Acrylic and pencil on paper|
|Spirit Mountian - Acrylic, Oil pastel and pencil on canvas|
|Mad World - Mixed media on paper|
|April Showers - Acrylic on paper|
|Skipping School - Acrylic and pencil on watercolor paper|
|Holding Back the Tears - Acrylic and pencil on paper|
|The Dark Corner - Acrylic and pencil on paper|
|Fire in my Belly Acrylic and pencil on wrapped canvas|
|Peppermint Mocha - Oil paint on board|
|Sail on a Turquoise Sea - Acrylic and oil pastel on paper|
|Symphony In Red - Acrylic, oil pastel and pencil on paper|
All Images are copyright by: Shellie Garber