In 1971 Shelley took up oil painting with the renowned Italian artist Roberto Lupetti. Later on, she was invited by another master artist, Luis Busta of Chile, to join his Advanced Oil Techniques Workshop in San Mateo.
The artist has developed a classical, realistic style which shows her great sense of color harmony and composition. Her work is represented by a vast spectrum of themes such as landscapes, seascapes and still-life.
Shelley's paintings are a reflection of her many years of training and her great attention for detail. She has also been greatly influenced by her many travels to European museums to study the art work of the old world masters.
Shelley currently resides in Napa, California and is working on a series of paintings of the surrounding picturesque wine country.