Shelley Locke is an internally driven and self-taught acrylic artist from St. Catharines, Ontario. Born with severe hearing loss Shelley’s motto ‘I may be deaf but I hear colour’ is apparent in her vibrant pieces, wide range in subject matter and style. Collectors of Shelley’s art range from Dufferin County to the Golden Horseshoe as well as here in the Niagara Region. ‘It makes me happy every time I walk by it’, quote from one of Shelley’s collectors. The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce / NEXT Niagara chose Shelley’s work ‘Make a Wish’ for their 2017 Priceless Auction and just recently Shelley was one of twenty-five artists invited for a personal critique by acclaimed artist Robert Bateman.
An adventurous spirit and travel junkie Shelley has zip-lined in Costa Rica and slept at the base of a live volcano, travelled Bali by motorbike and tackled the rapids of the Ottawa River in a two-man kayak. At a young age, Shelley tried her hand at writing then much later poetry taking first place in two local writing and poetry contests and short-listed in The Writers’ Union of Canada Postcard Story Competition. With two college diplomas in Horticulture and Environmental Management, and while raising a son Shelley continued her creative journey through landscape design before turning to acrylics.
Shelley currently resides in St. Catharines and works in Administration for a local company in Niagara Falls while continuing to hone her skills on canvas