Visual artist CJ Shelton creates striking and evocative images that combine intuitive, abstract and expressive elements with varying degrees of realism.
While her work reflects influences from her long professional career in illustration, graphic arts and wallpaper design, there is always an over-arching mystical and otherworldly feeling present due to CJ’s effective use of light and “illumination”. This is skillfully portrayed whether she is working with acrylics, watercolours, graphite, coloured pencil, pen & ink or mixed media pieces that combine paint, plaster and sculptural elements.
Simple or complex, each of CJ Shelton’s images tells a story in symbolic, metaphorical and imaginative ways, inviting the viewer to step into another world.
Why So Many Circles?
CJ Shelton’s primary inspiration is found in Nature and explorations of the “Wheel of Life”. She frequently uses the shape of a circle as a container for ideas, stories and the re-imagining of ancient wisdom, mythological themes and archetypal symbolism.
The use of sacred circles or “mandalas” (an ancient Sanskrit word meaning circle) can be found throughout all cultures and spiritual traditions. It is a shape without beginning or end and represents wholeness, unity, eternity and timelessness.
As you delve into The Art of CJ Shelton you will notice how prevalent the circular form is throughout her work. Whether highly visible or more implied, the circle is the unifying element that weaves together the many different themes, ideas and mediums she studies.
Browse and enjoy … click on the themed Gallery sections below to enjoy a sampling of CJ’s work.
The Legal Stuff
Copyright infringement is a very serious offense … all images, designs and content on this website are COPYRIGHT OF CJ SHELTON WITH ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. They are the exclusive property of the artist and fully protected under Copyright Law. No design, image or content is to be copied or reproduced in any form without full consent and permission of CJ Shelton.