SHELLY LEWIS STANFIELD
began creating as a very young child. She
spent most of her childhood in Houston
then moved with her family to Oklahoma .
Attended the University of North Texas
where she studied Interior Design. Finally
at the age of 40 she followed her heart and
talents to begin a career as a painter.
Her industrial modern paintings combine
her passion for bold colors and raw
materials. Such inspiration comes from her
love affair with architecture, interior design
The path that has brought Shelly to this
point in her career has been filled with
beautiful things, places and people. As a
self-taught painter, Shelly's experiences in
the design field as well as day to day life
lessons add to her process of creating.
"I have always felt that you can complete a space with one great piece of art.With every piece, I
visualize the space and décor that it will complement and complete."
Color, texture and shape are what drive Shelly's abstract styled work. Acrylic is the medium of
choice. Most of her work begins on a wood canvas with either a color story or movement in
mind. Layering and scraping with a scrap piece of sheet metal against a wood surface gives a
certain primitive quality. This technique brings a rawness and down to earth element. "Knowing
when the creation is complete that is the true gift. Having someone fall in love with your work,
that is happiness.”
Shelly's newly found career as a painter has been promoted primarily by a supportive family and
even more persuasive friends. Her husband Blake,is the canvas builder, metal worker, framer
and father to their two young sons. After spending time in Seward , Alaska following his dreams
of a small town family doctor, he now as turned his talents and support to her art." Oklahoma is
where my husband and I grew up and where we have decided to raise our family. I look forward
to a long career as a painter because this truly feels like what I was meant to do.