Mary Shelley was born in 1950 and grew up in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Despite her early aspirations to become a writer, a gift of a carved wood relief her father had done sparked a new interest in her, and her focus shifted from the written word to the visual and physical realm of painting and carving.
Shelley’s work often has narrative content and a whimsical, delightful character. Significant themes in her work include images of country life such as cows, and social environments such as diners. She has been shown extensively since 1976, and continues to work from her studio in Ithaca, New York.
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