Shelly Anfield uses the silent language of painting to express the poetic inner landscape of contemplation and deep questioning that she doesnt easily find words for. It allows her to not only express, but also understand, a deeper aspect of herself and life.
Shelly feels a deep connection to the natural world and is fascinated by the dichotomy of fragility and strength that exists within all life. She is inspired by the constant striving for balance amongst ever-changing states of chaos and order and uses the landscape and vast skies as a metaphor for the complexities of human life. Using a limited palette and layers of finely blended oil paint to achieve an atmospheric glow, she moves between realism and abstraction searching for a way to express the immaterial through material means.
Shelly Anfield graduated from the National Art School in 2015. She went on to be chosen as 1 of 12 finalists in the Clyde & Co Sydney emerging artist award and has shown work in numerous exhibitions in Sydney since then. In 2017 she was a finalist in the prestigious Mosman Art Prize. Shelly has returned to Northern NSW and is now working from her studio at M Arts Precinct in Murwillumbah. Her work is held in private collections across Australia, USA and England.