artful objects for inside and out

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Commissions, client photos, new work & shows


This sign is for a home business in Camas, WA. Elida is a professional artist and painting teacher.

The 40H x 40W sign sits on a 2′ concrete wall at the base of the driveway and along the sidewalk. The 20″ red center piece is her laser cut initial, powder coated. The four corners hold 8″ x 8″ x 1″ slabs of Blenko glass. The box tube frame is filled with a variety of textures; perforated steel, expanded mesh and woven mesh. It’s bolted down with tabs along the base as well as a vertical T bracket.

CLIENT REVIEW: “I am a professional artist who owns my own art studio/gallery. I needed an Art Sign for my studio and gallery that wasn’t your typical sign, but rather an art installation. I loved Shelly’s work and knew that she would be the perfect person to create something specific and unique for my space. I had a special area on on retaining wall where the piece needed to go. She worked with me over the next several months, helping me to come up with the design, the right materials and even how to install the piece. In the end, we were able to put my initial in the middle, in a vibrant red square, stain glass along the sides, and a mix of metals throughout. It is so beautiful and is a show stopper for anyone who visits my studio. I’ve received countless compliments and I am extremely happy with the end result! Now I’m looking for more spaces to have her create other things! She is an amazing artist and person and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with her and have one of her pieces here with me now forever. Elida

sign for a home business, Camas, WA 8"x8"x1" Blenko glass slabs are mounted in the four corners. The mounting bracket on the right is for installation. 3 brackets with 5 bolt holes.

sign for a home business, Camas, WA Center is her laser cut powder coated initial. Box tube corner is filled with a variety of textures; perforated steel, expanded mesh and woven mesh.


This is Debbie and Ron’s new ‘Bubble Screen’ set into their landscape. The tube stock frame contains a variety of disc sizes. They run from 1/16″ thick  to 1″ thick and 3/4″ wide – 13″ wide. The hand bent strap rings are 1/2″ – 1″ thick. This variety allows for lots of movement and depth as you move around the piece. 6’H x 3′ W -client photo


Olivia and Clint commissioned this pair of red sprites for a corner of their beautiful backyard garden.

The rock used here was also used in the Lan Su Chinese Garden. -client photo







My piece ‘Target’ is on the far right next to Brian Keith Scott’s totem. 7’H x 16″W




Here is my latest piece, Crescent. 10’H x 2′ 6″ W.




Bull’s Eye: Reflectors, copper, laser cut remnants, fire poker base and drops.

Flower Wreath: Aluminum, beads, steel and copper. 18″W



MAKER FAIRE PDX at OMSI with Dave Gonzo, September 10th & 11th.

LOCAL 14 at the Left Bank Annex, September 29th – 30th.

ART IN THE BURBS at Tigard High School, October 14th – 16th.

ARTS COUNCIL OF LAKE OSWEGO HOLIDAY GALLERY at 510 Museum & ARTspace, November 22nd – December 23rd.




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Thanks for the photos!

These are some recently received client photos of custom and show pieces I’ve built.

I love to see how they look after I let them go out into the world. Thanks to all that sent them in!


Rose trellis

Golden Mean Rose trellis, 10′ H x 6.5′ W x 3′ D



planetary, 4′ H x 24″ W


lantern and stand

mesh panel lantern and stand, 


lantern and stand

mesh panel lantern and stand


lantern and stand

lantern and stand


red monolith

red monolith, 4′ H



custom holiday stocking tree



6’H sunflower



red monolith, 4’H


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a natural spiral captured in a web inside the spiral of this mist trellis



display stand for fabric artist

display stand for fabric artist, 20″ H x 15″ W



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remaining shows of 2016

These are my remaining shows for the rest of the year. Starting with this weekend!


AOMP Spring 16 showcard


ART OVER MACLEAY PARK held in a NW Victorian cottage along Forest Park in Portland, May 21st & 22nd.

CAMP CATUS held in an artist’s studio in the Hollywood district, June 3rd – 4th.

ANLD GARDEN TOUR My work will be on display in the Ohlson garden in Ladd’s Addition. Her book The Soil Will Save Us was the 2015 finalist for Oregon Book Awards and winner of the 2015 Books for a Better Life (Green category). Amy Whitworth of Plan-It-Earth Design is the garden designer. Saturday June 18th.

RECYCLED ARTS FESTIVAL in Vancouver at Esther Short Park, June 25th & 26th.

CRACKEDPOTS at McMenimin’s Edgefield in Troutdale, July 19th & 20th.
ARTISTS OUTSTANDING IN THEIR FIELD in Damascus with a view of Mt. Hood, August 20th & 21st.
LOCAL 14 at the Left Bank Annex, September 29th – 30th.


Work also available at ARTISTIC PORTLAND on SW 3rd and Taylor and OXALIS on NW Thurman and 24th.

now found downtown

Please check out my work at a new location in Portland. I am happy to be a new member of  Artistic Portland. This is an artist run co-operative downtown on 3rd and Taylor. This 2700 square foot retail store sells all handmade local goods. It’s run 100% by its dedicated artist members. Stop by and you may even see me behind the counter.


Check their calendar for special events and art classes.

Monday – Saturday 10 AM-6 PM

Sunday 12 – 5PM


318 SW Taylor Street, Portland, OR 97204

Custom Wrought Iron Raspberry Trellis

raspberry trellis 6' H x 9' W

cuff at each connection point

attachment bracket to pre-existing 4 x 4

the jig for each section

each pre-cut piece

the layout of each section

I was approached to build a wrought iron trellis that was inspired by a trip to Paris. Keith had a productive yet gangly raspberry patch along the driveway that’s visible from the kitchen window. The goal was to build something functional as well as creating an attractive focal point in the art nouveau style.

Using his sketch of Parisian metalwork I built this custom trellis. Each wave section was forced through a jig, hand shaped in a vice, then a forged cuff was wrapped around each connection point. There are two 20″ L brackets that secure it to the fence posts with stainless steel hardware. The trellis sits upon two vertical rebar stakes.

6′ H x 9′ W x 20″ D

Customer Review: “I met Shelly at a garden event in spring 2015. She was interested in my project idea, a trellis to support my raspberry plants. My wife and I wanted something practical and aesthetic that would be interesting to view from the windows during the winter months. Working together, we came up with a beautiful solution to several challenges that arose as we discussed design and material options. Her artistic and practical knowledge combined to fulfill the dream of a useful and aesthetic result. Also, I liked the added touches that, though subtle, really finished the project.”