Painting directly from nature “en plein air” is Shelly Burke's responsive interpretation to the ever-changing characteristics of nature.
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112 Brock St E., Uxbridge
Klienburg En Plein Air Competition, “Best of Kleinburg Award”
Cavan/Millbrook Outdoor Painting Festival,
OPAS Award for Excellence in Plein Air Paintingr
Uxbridge Studio Tour - Annual September Tour2002-15
Celebration of the Arts - Juried Exhibition, Uxbridge, ON
Friendship - The Gallery of the Korean Consulate General, Toronto
Nudes - Veni Vedi Gallery, Port Perry, ON
Art in the Park - Uxbridge, ON
Sooke Art Show - Juried Exhibition, Sooke, B.C.
Reflections - Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria, B.C. (2 person show)
Viewpoints - Community Arts Council, Victoria, B.C. (solo show)
I try to translate what I see into a dynamic painting that reflects my emotional reactions.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Shelly Burke completed an Honours B.A. with Art History Major at Ottawa University.
After moving to British Columbia she worked on Post-graduate courses in Art History at the University of British Columbia.
Following university Shelly became a curator assistant at Diane Farris Gallery in Vancouver where she met artists working in their studios and decided to take up life drawing and painting, either through courses or on her own.
After a few years working in galleries, she decided to delve into painting and received a Diploma of Foundations in Visual Communications, Capilano College, B.C. Her first solo art show “Viewpoints” was at the Victoria Arts Council in 2000.
Since moving back to Uxbridge from Victoria, B.C. in 2000, Shelly has been a member of the Uxbridge Studio Tour since 2001 either as a site or guest artist. This proved to be a very positive experience, meeting many wonderful people - either residents of Uxbridge, or surrounding areas.
Shelly was also delighted to become part of an incredibly talented group of artists and they have become an important part of her life and creative process.
In the past 3 years she has been an instructor at various art groups in Toronto and at the Varley Gallery in Unionville. Instructing has been a big learning curve for Shelly.
Shelly's now beginning to explore more abstracted approaches to landscape and florals. At this point, 4 different galleries in the GTA as well as Niagara-on-the Lake exhibit her work as well as being displaying in various art shows. "I'm inspired especially by painting on location in nature “en plein-air”. Also reworking initial concepts into larger works is a fascinating challenge".