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Shelby K. Smith is a modern art enthusiast. She approaches art from an aesthetic perspective with the desire to create "feel good" paintings that evoke a sense of visual delight.

Inspired by minimalism and geometric art, her work is structured and precise. Color plays a big role. Shelby is fascinated by the emotional power of color. She is drawn to bright, bold and saturated palettes and likes to incorporate different textures and finishes into her paintings.

Shelby works in the large-scale. She loves how simple shapes can have a strong impact when painted on an oversized canvas. Many of her pieces are designed as a set of two or three across multiple panels.


A self-taught artist, Shelby established her color theory in the beauty industry. During a 30-year career, she worked as a marketing executive at companies such as Bobbi Brown, Estée Lauder, L'Oreal and more. 


Shelby earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Florida and an M.A. in Communications from Fordham University. Originally from Newton, Massachusetts, Shelby lives in the coastal town of Darien, CT.

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