Studio Sixty Six
Shelby Dawn Smith  

Shelby Dawn Smith

Shelby Dawn Smith is an artist who grew up in small town Northwestern Ontario, and currently conducts her practice in Kenora, Ontario.  She graduated with honours from the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the University of Ottawa in 2015. It wasn’t until the final years of her BFA that she began exploring abstraction, after discovering the art of other abstractionists, like Fiona Rae and Cy Twombly.  

Shelby’s mixed-media paintings explore the complexities of emotion through visual elements, such as colour and texture, and attempt to find a balance between harmony and tension.  Her debut solo show, Different Every Time, took place in the spring of 2016 at Studio Sixty-Six and showcased her experimental and process-based style.

Artistic C.V.

Artist Statement
My artistic practice centers on the idea that visual cues, such as colour and texture, can evoke emotional and even visceral reactions in viewers.  In many ways, I believe that art is more effective than words in its ability to stimulate empathy in the viewer.  For me, painting serves as both an emotional release and an escape from reality. 

Sour Candy
Caught in the Tide
Jungle Boogie
Chewing Gum
Colour Study IV
Rain Dance
Sea Haven
It's Always Greener
Mirage