Shelley Mitchell worked as an architectural draftsman for many years before returning to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Painting and Art History. Since then she has shown professionally in both group and solo shows in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Maine. Her work is represented in the Canadian Fund State Art Collection in Ottawa as well as many private and corporate collections in Canada, the U.S.A. and Germany. She is a member of various arts organizations and on the committees of the Art Sales and Rental Society of Halifax, the Craig Gallery, Dartmouth and the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation Annual Art Auction.
"Art is not always a strictly aesthetic process; it is a means of imposing form on our thoughts and experience so we can recognize our desires and fears. I render the space and objects around me to give meaning and value to them and as a meditation. The resulting paintings embody serenity and balance and an escape into tranquility".