Ocean State

Local Artist

About the Author

Since 1983 Shirley Bell has been creating from her home in Jamestown RI. Shirley paints mostly plein air and attributes her fresh, spontaneous painting style to her first  efforts to achieve the correct color and value of her subjects. In 2002, Shirley launched her own successful stationery business. Selling stationery with over 300 of her designs on it to numerous gift shops throughout New England. Her focus now is on painting original art full time. Her joy of painting is evident when you experience one of her vibrant works.

More about Shirley Bell

Interview: Shirley Bell

  1. Tell us about your work:

Shirley Bell has been creating her expressive watercolors from her home on Conanicut Island, Jamestown RI. Since 1983. Watercolor is the perfect medium for capturing her subjects ranging from flowers in her gardens, animals, insects, people, and her coastal island life. Shirley paints mostly plein air and attributes her fresh, spontaneous painting style to her first try efforts to achieve the correct color and value of her subjects. In 2002, Shirley launched her own successful stationery business. Selling stationery with over 300 of her designs on it to numerous gift shops throughout New England. Her focus now is on painting original art full time. Her joy of painting is evident when you experience one of her vibrant works.

 

  1. How long have you been in Rhode Island?

I have lived in RI my whole life. Jamestown for most of it. I can’t imagine living any place that’s more beautiful.

 

  1. What do you {heart} abut Rhode Island?

Rhode Islanders are the best at supporting local artists and businesses.

 

  1. What’s your favorite item to

create?

I love painting scenic Jamestown landscapes and still life flowers from my gardens but will paint almost any subject, it is always changing. My stationery business still keeps me busy but am cutting back to focus more on painting original watercolors.

 

  1. What’s your best seller?

I have many bestselling designs due to my large range of subject matter. For my stationery business, it has been my Christmas cards. My originals, cards and prints as well as some gift items are on my website and Fuller Gallery in Jamestown RI. or at my studio, open to the public.

 

  1. Favorite place to take out of

towners?

I always take people from out of town on a tour of my favorite places in Jamestown followed by a dinner of fresh clams, hard and soft shell, from the beach across from our house. There is nothing better than that!

 

  1. Any ideas for new/wannabe makers?

Being an artist is hard work but worth it. To be able to create a piece of work you can be proud of is such a high. My business is always changing to adapt to new technologies, social media and my own ever-changing interests. I admire anyone who has the courage to create art as it is no small thing.

 


This article originally appeared at http://www.iheartrhody.com/2018/07/artist-shirley-bell-jamestown.html

 

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