Hi, I'm Shelley and I'm a fine artist living in the West Country in the UK. As well as having a passion for art I also love travel, literature and cooking. I am fortunate to be blessed with a wonderful husband, a beautiful daughter and 2 tearaway cats!
Shelley Ashkowski studied at Cardiff Metropolitan University and has a BA(Hons) and PGCE Secondary Art & Design. With nearly 20 years of experience in the classroom Shelley has developed a broad range of skills and knowledge in art. In more recent years Shelley has refined the focus for her own work and has left the classroom to devote more time to her own artistic endeavours. Shelley enjoys observing everyday life in urban settings so people and places have become a key feature of much of her work. "My work is a commentary on the modern world. The urban landscape presents a conflicting scene: beautiful and ugly; quiet and chaotic; a place of happiness and sadness. Through my work I seek to observe the turbulent relationship between man and the world he created." Shelley's work is widely recognised for its painstaking attention to detail and level of precision. She takes influences from a broad range of artistic styles including Pop Art, Documentary Art, Photorealism and Architecture.
Shelley's most recent series of work explores the structures and symbolism of religious buildings. Her portfolio includes studies of churches and cathedrals and there is a particular emphasis on the stories told in stained glass windows of these buildings. "I have always had a love of religious architecture, especially Gothic cathedrals, but it wasn't until recently, following a visit to the breath-taking Sainte Chapelle, that I started to really appreciate the beauty of the stained glass windows that often fill these buildings. Not only are they ever-changing, responding to external light sources but they also embody intriguing stories often told through symbolic imagery and colour. It's a real shame that these beautiful historical works of art are becoming increasingly overlooked as modern society engages less with religion and this has inspired me to share them widely and celebrate their aesthetic value."
Shelley has exhibited her work in local establishments and has a keen following on social media. She is a loyal member of her local community and has supported a range of charities and other causes through donation of art works.