Artist Statement

"My paintings combine my passions for dance and fashion into another form of artistic expression. Paint allows me to capture color, design and movement and I enjoy making paint dance on canvas. I lived in Manhattan for almost 10 years and find that the faces I paint are the people on the streets and in the theatres of the City."


Barbara Shelly is a native Philadelphian and has been a student and teacher of the arts here and in New York for decades. She currently is an abstract art student of Kassem Amoudi. She has always found a way to experience her emotional side, whether through yoga, dance, paint and especially, her children and grandchildren.

Her work has been shown at a juried exhibit at the Chester County Art Center, CoCo Blue in Wayne and at the B Square Gallery in Philadelphia. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and has designed clothes and accessories for boutiques in New York.

She was a recipient of grants from the Pennsylvania Arts Council, Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the Bread and Roses Foundation for the production of a documentary about the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. The film, “Children With A Dream” received awards from “Dance on Camera” in New York and the National Educational Film and Video Association, and it continues to reside in the PBS Film Library (having been shown frequently) and the New York Performing Arts Library.


Barbara Shelly

Recent Paintings

September 2nd – 30th, 2016

Selected Works