Growing up in a small Midwestern town in the state of Missouri, during the 1970’s and 80’s, Shelly Zimbelman led an adventurous childhood. Often, she would go “exploring” in the woods as a child, gaining an appreciation for the beauty of the surrounding land and waters, as well as the animals that lived in those woods. Camping trips and river float trips, added further opportunities for exploring the land, collecting interesting, colorful rocks and forging a lifelong admiration for the natural beauty that surrounds us all.
She grew up with an Artist father, who inspired her to be creative and express herself through drawing and painting. All through her grade school and high school years, art classes were of particular interest. Shelly drew inspiration for all her work from the world that she observed, and still does to this day.
Post high school, her love of painting blossomed, becoming her oasis from the hectic pace of daily life. Her formal artistic education ended with high school, but her drive to improve her sills has never subsided, self-teaching herself new techniques continuously.
After several hiatuses from art to pursue other career options, she has once again dusted off her paint brushes and is thriving in the creative therapy of painting the world around her. That world has greatly expanded beyond the small town in Missouri with the beautiful rivers and rolling hills, to so many more interesting things, including oceans, mountains, cities of all sizes and people from all walks of life. In addition to growing through a wider world experience, her creative outlet has grown and expanded to various painting styles that represent the beauty in the world.
Expect to see many representations of the world around us in the future.