Hello, I'm Shelby,
I am an ecological artist, and educator.
I was born here in the Northwest near the Pacific Ocean, and from an early age I have been called to help safeguard our seas. As ecology focuses on the interconnected relationships between life forms and their surroundings, so too does my work. My practice of utilizing salvaged plastic marine debris through artistic application explores the intimate interactions between humanity, the earth, and our oceans, and moreover how these relationships evolve over time and influence one another. I teach creative conservation through art, am a passionate cold-water diver, student of psychology, and am immersed in the equally vital work of becoming an end of life doula.
I believe in compassion, creativity, community, and conservation and that when we support one another, in kindness, the world becomes a happier and healthier place for us all.
Testimonials & Gratitude
"Shelby offers the gifts of creativity and wonder to her audiences - she shares her deep connection to land and sea through compelling artwork and passionate storytelling. With beauty and vulnerability, Shelby inspires her audience to reflect, engage, and develop their own deep connections to the places they call "home"." - Dana Art Development & Education
"I love creating art and cleaning marine debris off the beach, so I was delighted to learn a new technique that combines both activities! I also work as an environmental educator, so I'm always trying to find ways to inspire people (and myself!) to take action to protect the marine environment and maintain hope for positive solutions to big, serious problems like plastic pollution in the ocean. Thanks again for the inspiring project opportunity! I really enjoyed getting to work together and hope we get to do so again in the future." -Carolyn Education Coordinator
"I am truly grateful for the time you spent with us. Who you are, your art work and the way you presented it, shines so brilliantly! Thank you for coming to our senior home, where that kind of light is needed so desperately. Please continue to find yourself and lose yourself in your art, and by doing so, lift the spirits of all those around you!"
- Sarianne Life Enrichment Coordinator
"Thank you again for an incredible workshop this weekend. I think we had some very happy ladies.
Thank you again for my lovely earrings as well-I feel so gifted!" - Megan Arts Education Director