Even as a young child, Shelby Keefe knew she was an artist. Coming from a family of artists and crafters in rural Wisconsin, she was encouraged to draw and paint and always had plenty of inspiration for making her artwork. After earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1981, she embarked upon a career in graphic design. Moving to Milwaukee for school opened up a whole new world for her, and Shelby fell in love with the urban landscape. Even though most of her time was spent as a graphic designer and mother of two boys, she always made time to paint. By doing group exhibitions, art fairs, solo shows, and commission work, she gradually gained the attention of enough collectors and was able to retire from graphic design in 2005 to work full time as a fine artist.
Though Shelby still loves a good urban landscape scene, her love of the West, of horses and the outdoors has taken over as her newest painting muse. Her bold brush, realistic style exemplifies her passion for drawing and depicting her subjects with honesty and expressiveness. Her goal is to create a fresh perspective to the recognizable world without being predictable or mundane.