Shelley O’Keefe

I create from my experiences and insights and so paint images as metaphors to reflect these encounters. My work, I would describe as expressionistic, and I distort and flatten the picture plane to create stronger psychological effects. This also helps me to avoid being didactic or prosaic, or simply painting the narrative. The viewer needs space to absorb imagery and my primary objective is to create an aesthetic that is reflected on. For me Art is an essential part of being human and without art society has no vibrancy or vitality.