Shelly is an accomplished artist and founding member of the Elm City Artists, a plein air painting group in New England. She has been manager of the Elm City Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut and the Basic Inquiry studio in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has extensive experience organizing and managing art groups and developing cultural activities in neighborhoods, such as the ArtWalk festival in New Haven. Her paintings have been shown in galleries in California, New England, and Canada. When not painting outdoors, she loves traveling to experience different cultures and explore new places around the world.