I'm a painter from New Orleans living in Athens, Georgia. I graduated from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts in 2009. After studying at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston for a year and spending an exchange semester at Queens College in New York, I returned home where I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans in 2014.
I create to explore my spirituality and process the world around me. I like to think of my practice as a productive form of play, making pieces that I want to see, paint, and wear. I’m drawn to bold colors and sharp contrast. I use a variety of materials, including colored pencils, watercolors, gold leaf, and oil paint, to create work that is vibrant and textural.
The otherworldly quality of my pieces gives them a feeling of cheerfulness with an underlying darkness. They have an inherent narrative that unfolds throughout the painting process. As I paint, I weave together inspiration from memories, dreams, and ancient mythology, letting my characters reveal themselves at their own pace.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Intimate, Surreal, Detailed
Describe yourself in one word. Introspective
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
I’m influenced by the people and the natural environment around me, I want my paintings to feel like New Orleans by including familiar plant life and vibrant colors.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
I collect ideas, sketches, and photos that I constantly refer back to while working. I will often have an idea for a while before I start a painting. Sometimes I’ll start and finish multiple paintings in one day. Some paintings I’ll work on for months before I feel that they're finished.
Where do you draw inspiration?
I draw inspiration from all around me. The people that I love, flowers, costumes, sunsets, nature, brightly painted buildings, other painters, and old family photos.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
My studio is in my backyard so I’m almost always home. If I’m not making art I’m tending to my plants, working on the house, playing with the outside kitty, or cooking.
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Where You Can Find My Work
Please message me if you are interested in local pickup. Some of my works are located in New Orleans and some are located in Athens, Georgia.
More works can be found at www.shelbylittle.com.
* I will be out of the country for the month of June! *
All orders placed in June will be shipped within the first week of July