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Shelby K. Smith is a modern art enthusiast. She approaches art from an aesthetic perspective with the goal of evoking in the viewer a sense of visual delight.

The beauty of Shelby's art lies in its simplicity. There is an element of order and a rhythm to her work. She plays with straight and curved lines to form shapes and patterns in her designs.

Color plays a big role. Shelby has always been 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 powerful presence 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, developing brands and shade collections at companies such as Estée Lauder, L'Oreal, Bobbi Brown 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 with her husband and two boys.


Greenwich, CT (July 2023 - Today)

Upper Crust Bakery & Cafe 

New Canaan, CT (June - August 2023)


Darien, CT (April 2023 - Today)


Darien, CT (Oct 2022 - Jan 2023)


Carriage Barn Arts Center

Annual Member Show (September - October 2023)

Greenwich Art Society

Member Summer Juried Exhibit (August 2023)

Community Cooperative Nursery School

60th Annual Art Show (June 2023)

Rowayton Arts Center
Spring Juried Show (April - May 2023)

Stamford Art Association

Members Show (April - May 2023)

William Raveis Art Exhibit

Home is Where Art Lives Show (March 2023)

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