The Chase by Lynnette Shelley

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12 × 9″
Mixed Media on Paper
Mixed Media includes gouache, oil pastels, colored pencils, liquid gold leaf, metallic gold paint, marker

This artwork is inspired by the old Irish tale of the daughter of the High King. She was a beautiful woman but of free spirit and no man could court her. Her father the King decided that at the next Beltaine, that the first man who could catch her (as she was well-known for being an excellent runner) would be her husband. The daughter went to a wise woman and asked for a potion to make her as fleet as a hare. However, the wise woman was either getting deaf in the ear, or was a trickster, for when the girl drank the potion before the race, she turned into a hare. She was then chased by her father’s greyhounds, and being terrified, she ran into the woods, where she was caught in a trap. A huntsman came to check his snares and instead of a meal, he found the princess. The King was true his word, and he married them; the huntsman being handsome, the princess found that being married to him was not so bad a thing. And they lived happily ever after of course….

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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  • Michael Scholl
    Michael Schollover 4 years ago


  • thanks Michael

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • eleveneleven
    elevenelevenover 4 years ago

    this is SO gorgeous! i love your style

  • thanks 11:11 (I keep seeing that number a lot btw). I plan on making a much larger version of this with a slightly different composition and more intricate background work…

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • agnès trachet
    agnès trachetover 4 years ago

    very beautiful work Lynette!!

  • thank you Agnes

    – Lynnette Shelley

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    fab work

  • thank you!

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • eleveneleven
    elevenelevenover 4 years ago

    Its a sneaky number that way! Its always cropping up in my life :) looks like youve joined the club

  • yeah, it started a few months ago….weird!

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Anne Pearson
    Anne Pearsonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful Lynette & love the legend.

  • thanks Anne. yeah,it’s a great story. I plan on doing another, bigger version of this, with a little more involved composition. I was restricted somewhat due the specific size for the commission

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityover 4 years ago

    Oh its perfect !! Wonderful work xx

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Love this. Gorgeous creation. The wonderful contrasts and colors.

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 4 years ago


  • Deborah Glasgow
    Deborah Glasgowover 4 years ago


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