Lynnette, from the Zazzle Stores lynnetteshelley, was kind enough to answer some questions about her favorite style to create and her time as a Zazzler. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store lynnetteshelley!
Bio: Lynnette Shelley is a Delaware native who moved to the Philadelphia area in 1999. Her artwork has been displayed at various venues across the Philadelphia and surrounding metropolitan areas, including the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST), the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences and the Wilmington Grand Opera House. Some of her creature drawings were featured in the animated short “The Spider Is the Web” shown at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, while more of her artwork was featured as part of an on-screen art show at the 2008 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. She also exhibited at the juried art show at Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA, one of the largest fantasy / sci fi-themed conventions in the world. Lynnette currently lives and works out of Ambler, PA.
Lynnette is currently represented by Three Ravens Gallery in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Please see this website’s exhibitions page for her current event schedule.
Deeply influenced by Celtic, Eastern, Asian and aboriginal / native works; art nouveau, abstract expressionism, and medieval artworks; fantasy and science fiction; as well as zoomorphism, therianthropy, cryptozoology and mythological stories and legends, Lynnette fuses these styles into her strikingly unique illustrations.
“I am a fan of a multitude of artists – from the various pen-and-ink artists such as Aubrey Beardsley and Edward Gorey to medieval illuminated manuscripts created by Celtic monks to Russian iconic artists to Japanese scroll painters and native artisans. I also appreciate artists who portray the world around them with a unique eye and a colorful imagination - Vincent Van Gogh, William Blake, Frida Kahlo, Marc Chagall, Gustav Klimt, Henri Rousseau, Edvard Munch, Susan Seddon Bouletand Walton Ford, to name but a few.”
Lynnette’s artwork strikes a primal chord in many viewers, with almost Jungian associations to the colors and shapes. Her animal art and creature illustrations are both primitive and sophisticated, and have been likened to images from an undiscovered ancient civilization or culture.
In addition to her fine art pursuits, Lynnette is also the co-founder of The Red Masque, an original avant rock band which has played numerous shows and festivals since 2001. The Red Masque is currently signed to an experimental / avant label based out of Colorado.
Zazzle: What is your favorite style to create?
Lynnette: Art nouveau / Celtic / stylized mixed media
Zazzle: When and how did you first become interested in art? How long have you been making art?
Lynnette: My whole life. As soon as I was old enough to hold a pencil or crayon I have been creating. But I’ve been doing this professionally about three years now.
Zazzle: What has been your favorite design you’ve created, and why?
Lynnette: It changes, but right now, one of my favorites is “The Union”, because it came out pretty much how I envisioned it originally in my head (which does not always happen).
Zazzle: What is your favorite Zazzle feature? How do you use it?
Lynnette: The featured product feature is useful
Zazzle: Do you have any fun stories about being a seller on Zazzle?
Lynnette: I don’t really have any specific fun stories, but it’s a nice place to add your work and seems to get a lot of promotion.
Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?
Lynnette: I was looking around for a print on demand site, and Zazzle is one of the bigger players in that market.
Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?
Lynnette: To make sure they promote on their own end, and always add lots of variety of items.