We are gearing up for a full week of artist releases next week and are starting out strong by introducing a new talent to the Well + Wonder team. Welcome, Shelley Bolton! Shelley Bolton (Sheebo), originally a Mississippi native, is an abstract artist currently residing in Memphis, Tennessee. From early childhood, her love of art has been an integral part of her everyday life. Shelley received a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in graphic design from the University of Mississippi, and in her adult life has also enjoyed teaching art in the classroom and is inspired by the way children create without fear of failure. Shelley's practice is rooted in Faith. She believes the ability to create is a gift for which she can take no credit, one that humbles and shows the daily need for growth. We could not be more honored to have Shelley's work hanging on our gallery walls. Now, her collection officially launches Monday, February 26th at 12 pm EST time but that doesn't mean that y'all can't get to know Shelley a little bit better before then. Step inside Shelley's studio and learn all about this fabulous artist in our rapid-fire interview - Pardon Me, Shelley Bolton?

What is currently on your nightstand?

Bible reading schedule card, lamp, candle, and a phone charging chord- the basics

Who is your biggest influence as an artist and why?

I love Matisse’s incredible use of color and pattern, LOVE everything Joan Mitchell

Tell us about your childhood. What is the most memorable moment as a young person?

I had a wonderful childhood - full of exploration and encouragement to try new things. Can’t pinpoint just one most memorable moment but love every memory of family time during Christmas holidays growing up.

If you could only have one supply in your art studio, what would it be and why?

glazing medium – i’m obsessed

What is your favorite room in your house? Describe it.

We call it the “cork room” bc it is a walk through nook that is covered in cork wall paper and bordered with dark graphite trim and graphite bookshelves adorning one wall. It’s very moody and eccentric and I have 2 gallery walls with different art in various mediums and anchored by a huge painting of a color wheel and it is back lit! So, there is an option for flashing lights on the back lit painting..... disco is an option in there. I love just sitting in there

What is your biggest score online?

Honestly, I am a tactile touchy shopper and prefer to shop local! BUT when I do go online I have to say anything Amazon that arrives free shipping the next day makes me a little giddy.

What is the benefit of buying art through a collective? What do you recommend for those that are new to buying original art?

Buying through a collective takes all the stress out of the mix! The art is well curtated and provides the collector with various mediums and compositions as well as varied price points. The artists as well as the artwork have been selected by professionals with experience thus making your buying experience exciting.

If you have the entire day to spend in an art museum, which one and why?

Within the states it would be a toss up between the MoMA and the Met in NYC – I could spend way more than a day in either!

What is your favorite hotel and what makes it special?

I love the Graduate Hotel, and it’s all about the design/decor for me—- I’m all here for their vibe.

If you were a lipstick color would you be red, pink, or clear and why?

I’m a pink gal all day long

I can never get on a plane without....

my ear buds.... music gets me through a flight

How did you get into the world of art?

Honestly, I don’t remember a day in my life without art! I started creating at a very young age and it is just a thread that makes up my DNA.

What do you do to relax?

What is that? and how do I get it? (up for suggestions :))

When do you get the biggest surge of inspiration?

Whenever I am around other creatives or artwork of any kind. (museums, art shows, etc.) I am also super inspired by all things nature.

Prediction for the Color of 2025?

Ok, so we haven’t had a green in a while so I’m feeling “positive growth” for 2025 which would place us in green, particularly a sagey blue green as it needs to be more complimentary to the current Peach Fuzz that will be filling our houses in 2024!

What is your idea of a date night? Dinner and a movie or dancing all night?

In the past it would have been dancing, I do love it....... but once I hit my 50’s a nice dinner that doesn’t involve Ketchup and a good movie is my jam.

Tell us about your favorite painting that you have created.

It was a 60”x48” moody piece – color predominantly around the exterior (bold and yummy with the likes of greens, teals, graphite, yellow ochre, fuchsia, salmon) but the middle was calm and peaceful neutrals.

One piece of advice for buying original art?

Do NOT overthink it – it is honestly very simple..... if it speaks to you and makes you happy.... you need it!