"Windmill Bouquet" by Shelby Keefe

“Windmill Bouquet”

24 x 18 in., plein air oil on canvas

Available through the artist

Shelby Keefe paints in a bold brush, realistic style uniquely her own. Living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she earned a BFA in 1981 then embarked upon a career as a graphic designer. She became a full-time fine artist in 2005 and now travels around the country painting in plein air competitions, teaching workshops, and producing work in her Milwaukee studio.

Shelby is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and American Women Artists and has gallery representation in Door County, WI at Fine Line Designs, at Oh-Be-Joyful Gallery in Crested Butte, CO and Castle Gallery of Fine Art in Fort Wayne, IN.

Upcoming Featured Artist show

Oh-Be-Joyful Gallery, Crested Butte, CO

August 25-September 17, 2017

Some recent achievements:

  • Received three awards for one painting at the 3rd Annual Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, 2017
  • Earned a Distinctive Merit Award, Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational, 2016
  • First Prize Winner-Quick Draw, Plein Air Easton, 2016
  • Grand Prize Winner, EnPlein Air Texas, 2015
  • Awarded $20,000 Dorothy Dreihaus Melins Fellowship for Midwestern Artists, at Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, 2015
  • Featured Artist/Cover Artist, Southwest Art magazine, March 2015 issue
  • PleinAir Magazine Salon Competition Grand Prize Winner, 2013


“I am passionate about drawing and depicting my subjects with honesty as well as expressiveness. My goal is to create a fresh perspective to the recognizable world without being predictable or mundane. Being comfortable at rendering in oil paint, I enjoy tackling complex subjects from cityscapes to the figure in the ala prima method of wet on wet.  Utilizing a vibrant underpainting technique of complimentary colors, my oil paintings are complex, but not overly-worked. As I continue to grow as a representationalist painter, I plan to develop my ability to say more with less.”

View more of Shelby’s work at  www.studioshelby.com


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