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Shelley Breton
Freeport, Maine

Mostly self-taught, Shelley began painting and studying in oils about 13 years ago.  Although her education and career are science-based, she has always had a love of the arts.  She is a life-long Maine native, whose family connections to the state stretch back to 1716. Shelley's work is inspired by the effects of early and late-day light on the local landscape and seascape, as well as florals and figurative subjects.  With her expressive-representational style, Shelley strives to evoke a sense of mood, light and place.  To help the viewer recall a happy memory, and an appreciation for the beauty in our world.  “There is amazing beauty, complexity and intelligent design all around us."  She is also greatly inspired by the Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla’s depictions of sunlight and shadow, and by John Singer Sargent’s mastery of the figure and his confident brushwork. Shelley is a juried member of the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society and has won awards in both national associations. She was also a featured artist in the article “All About Oils” in the American Art Collector magazine, Oct. 2021.

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