Watercolor painting of a dog by Shelley Prior
Watercolor by Shelley Prior

The following is part of a series featuring a leader in the art community who will be joining us on the faculty of Watercolor Live, a virtual art conference taking place January 26-28, 2023, with a Beginner’s Day on January 25.

Shelley Prior, on the faculty of Watercolor Live
Shelley Prior, on the faculty of Watercolor Live

Shelley Prior is a Canadian artist living in Ontario. She has been a full-time artist and instructor for the past 25+ years, teaching locally and internationally. Shelley has won multiple awards for her watercolors and her original works can be found in private collections around the world. She is an elected member of CSPWC and member of NWS, NFWS and IWS. Although her main focus is on watercolor, she also works in acrylic, oil and pencil.

The effect of light on a subject is the almost always the inspiration for her subjects, whether it’s a portrait, landscape, still life, flora, or fauna. Light is the life of the painting and Shelley creates this through the use of subtle glazes and rich shadows for a highly realistic result.

Watercolor Live - Watercolor by Shelley Prior
Watercolor by Shelley Prior
Watercolor painting of quilts by Shelley Prior
Watercolor by Shelley Prior
Watercolor Live - Shelley Prior, "Heart of Gold"
Shelley Prior, “Heart of Gold”
watercolor painting of a cat - Shelley Prior, "Sweet Kitten"
Shelley Prior, “Sweet Kitten”

Connect with Shelley Prior at Watercolor Live, which includes a faculty art auction!

When a painting showcases softness and light, it brings a wonderful sense of peace and calm to all who see it. This is exactly what artist Shelley Prior teaches in the PaintTube.tv course “Pet Portraits in Watercolor.” [learn more about how to paint with watercolor here]

Related Article: Watercolor Artist of the Week: Be Inspired by Shelley Prior


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