Shelley Locke is a self-taught acrylic artist born with severe hearing loss. Her motto ‘I may be deaf but I hear colour’ is apparent in her vibrant and eclectic pieces. Collectors of Shelley’s art range from Dufferin County to the Golden Horseshoe and here in the Niagara Region. The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce chose Shelley’s piece ‘Make a Wish’ for their 2017 Priceless Auction; as well Shelley was one of twenty-five artists invited for a personal critique by acclaimed artist Robert Bateman. Just recently Shelley’s ECO Art, ‘Only An Elephant Needs Ivory’ won first place in the Links For Greener Learning’s Eco Art Challenge.
An adventurous spirit and travel junkie Shelley has zip-lined in Costa Rica, slept at the base of a live volcano, travelled Bali by motorbike and tackled the Ottawa River rapids. Shelley is a first place recipient in two local writing and poetry contests and was short-listed in The Writers’ Union of Canada Postcard Story Competition. With diplomas in Horticulture and Environmental Management, and while raising a son Shelley continued her creative journey through landscape design before turning to acrylics.
Shelley currently resides in St. Catharines and works in Administration in Niagara Falls while she continues to hone her skills on canvas.