MARY MICHAEL SHELLEY
Ithaca, New York - United States



Original Artworks (4)

Mary Michael Shelley; My Garden With Cabbages, 2006, Original Mixed Media, 15.5 x 19 inches. Artwork description: 241  Carved and painted picture of me in my Garden with a bumper crop of cabbages. Carved white pine boards, acrylic paint, gold leaf. Art that's original and one of a kind. ...
Mary Michael Shelley
Original Mixed Media, 2006
15.5 x 19 inches (39.4 x 48.3 cm)
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Mary Michael Shelley; Verticle Mermaid With Waves, 2008, Original Mixed Media, 10.5 x 13.5 inches. Artwork description: 241  Mermaid is designed to hang on the wall or sit on a shelf or mantle. Carved white pine boards, acrylic paint and gold leaf. Each Mary Michael Shelley piece one of a kind and original ...
Mary Michael Shelley
Original Mixed Media, 2008
10.5 x 13.5 inches (26.7 x 34.3 cm)
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Mary Michael Shelley; Farmer Taking A Snooze, 2007, Original Mixed Media, 22.5 x 18.7 inches. Artwork description: 241  Farming is hard work and the farmer needs to take a snooze! . Carved white pine boards, acrylic paint and gold leafed inner frame. Each Mary Michael Shelley piece an original one of a kind! ...
Mary Michael Shelley
Original Mixed Media, 2007
22.5 x 18.7 inches (57.1 x 47.5 cm)
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Mary Michael Shelley; Dogs Lined Up Howling At ..., 2007, Original Mixed Media, 16.5 x 13 inches. Artwork description: 241  These are guard dogs, guaranteed to protect! The piece is carved on white pine boards, painted with acrylics, gold leafed inner frame. Each Mary Michael Shelley piece is uniques and one of a kind! ...
Mary Michael Shelley
Original Mixed Media, 2007
16.5 x 13 inches (41.9 x 33.0 cm)
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Artist Statement

I am commonly referred to as an American folk artist, although I feel most comfortable with the term “self-taught”. My art work is entirely carved in white pine and then painted with acrylics. Each piece is a unique handmade original piece of art. I am untaught and untrained as a visual artist. I learned a number of useful skills by building my own house, and during my work in the trades as a signpainter and carpenter.

I was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania in 1950. I have lived in Ithaca, New York ever since I graduated from Cornell '72 with a major in creative writing. While at Cornell, I wanted to be a writer. One year after graduating my father gave me a painted wood carving he had made of me at the farm where I grew up. I soon started to make carvings as well. Eventually I stopped writing and moved entirely to making my carved visual stories. My subject matter usually is of places and feelings that are important to me, and I think of my artwork as a “picture diary”.

My woodcarved and painted folk art pictures are entirely carved on rough cut white pine boards that are air-dried in the crawl space beneath the front porch to my house. I start with a rough cut board and carve down to create shapes. I use no glued on pieces. A sliding batten is fastened on the back of the carving to prevent warping or cupping. Most of my pieces are carved on four quarter (1” thick) stock. I then paint the carving with acrylics, sealing it front and back (again to prevent warping) with an acrylic varnish. An inner gold-leafed frame completes the look of each piece. Some of my most recent pieces include copper and buttons....

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