Shelley Mitchell was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and now divides her time between Halifax and Lunenburg, NS. After attending her Foundation year at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and studying at Georgian College of Applied Art in Ontario she worked as an architectural draftsman and project manager. Returning to NSCAD, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and Art History. Since then she has shown professionally in both group and solo shows throughout the Maritime Provinces, Ontario and Maine. She was featured in the book “From Land and Sea, Nova Scotia’s Contemporary Landscape Artists” published in 2009 and selected by the Nova Scotian government as the province’s official gift at the Vancouver Olympics. Her work is represented in the Canadiana Fund State Art Collection in Ottawa as well as many private and corporate collections in Canada, the U.S.A. and Europe. She is a founding member of PLANS (Professional Living Artists of Nova Scotia) a group devoted to the promotion of realist art in this province.
"Art is not always a strictly aesthetic process; it is a means of imposing form on our thoughts and experience so we can recognize what moves us. I render the space and objects around me to give meaning and value to them and as a meditation. The resulting paintings embody serenity and balance and an escape into a tranquil moment." - Shelley Mitchell