A colorful stylized red horse prances on a gold background. Oil pastels and gold paint on watercolor paper. The many layers of oil pastel was “texturized” with crosshatching by an exacto knife.

I had given up doing artwork seriously for many years and this was my first artwork that I completed after I decided to go back to my arts roots and I quit my day job and became a full time artist / designer. (2007)

Having a great love animals, fairytales, and world mythology, Pennsylvania artist Lynnette Shelley fuses these influences into her strikingly unique illustrations. Her artwork strikes a primal chord in many viewers, with almost Jungian associations to the colors and shapes. Her artworks have been likened to images from an undiscovered ancient civilization or culture.


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  • Dan Elbourne
    Dan Elbourneover 5 years ago

    wow! amazing curves and colours :) great energy :)

  • Thank you so much

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • mhkantor
    mhkantorover 5 years ago

    wonderful color and design. has a neo-expressionist quality to it and at the same time ancient wall work and even elements of cave paintings.

  • Thank you so much. I had mostly stopped doing art for several years at one point and this is one of my first works when I decided to become “serious” about art again. It’s still one of my personal favorites. it took a while to make because of the many layers of oil pastels that I put down, then scraped away with an exacto knife for texturizing purposes.

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Marie Magnusson
    Marie Magnussonover 5 years ago

    brilliant! so full of energy and strength

  • Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo
    Patricia Anne ...over 5 years ago

    wonderful in motion as well as color

  • Thank you Patricia. This is one of my favorites.

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Marilyn Baldey
    Marilyn Baldeyover 5 years ago

    Love this sculptural work, beautiful curves and very lyrical and strong.

  • Rhinovangogh
    Rhinovangoghover 5 years ago

    This thing moves and has feeling. Stompin anger and twisting rage. The hot orange red and yellow are nicely outlined and buffered with that wonderful blue. Way to fill a space! Love it love it love it!!!!! Sincerely RVG

  • maria paterson
    maria patersonover 5 years ago

    great piece, wonderful negative shapes, has that medieval feel

  • thank you very much

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • helene ruiz
    helene ruizover 5 years ago

    beautiful…love ur use of color, u have a very nice style!

  • Deborah Holman
    Deborah Holmanover 5 years ago

    Beautiful work the colours are really good and I love the feel of movement

  • Thanks for looking and your comments

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityabout 5 years ago

    Incredible- LOVE IT x

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