Wendy J. Spivey Shelley
As a native of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, I have continued to be a resident of Myrtle Beach, SC with my loving husband of 26 years. We have two wonderful children who have matured into fine young, married adults. In 2010 we moved a few miles inland to my family’s farmland homestead, where we enjoy the quietness of nature. My family has deep roots in Horry County and the Lowcountry way of life. My ancestors Date back before the Civil war era, My great great grandfather was the first Mayor of Aynor, SC in the early 1900's and were also part of the relocation to other parts of Horry County, created by the US Government’s purchase of land for the Myrtle Beach
area's bombing range during early World War II.
I paint because I have within me a passion and desire for creativity. I see the world in
brilliant, bright and happy colors and I strive to use that in my work. Over the past few
years, I have worked to develop a unique and specific technique of painting using a selected
variety of acrylic mediums to create the richness and depth of oils, but also having the
brightness of colors that acrylics give, which reflects the best of both worlds in terms of
My love for painting is therapeutic. I have a rare illness diagnosed as natural killer cell
deficiency disorder and an accompanying illness known as common variable immune
deficiency. I survive by God’s grace and the support of my family and friends.
During my teenage years I painted occasionally as a passtime never taking any formal classes. My
family childhood experiences gave me a painter’s vision of life on the rivers, ocean, and
forests of Horry County (boating, fishing, hunting, etc.). I completed my education at
Bauder College in Atlanta, Georgia in the late 1980’s for visual design. I have worked as an
self taught artist and an interior designer for over 20 years in Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas, during
which time I have had the opportunity to paint decorative concrete and wall murals for
In 2005, I realized I was developing a deep passion to learn fine art and to paint seriously. I
immediately started searching for every piece of information available to teach myself, and I
began by painting with acrylics. In 2010 I transitioned to oil medium. Today I paint in both
mediums. I paint from photos, en plein air (on location), and from cherished memories of
my life and experiences here in the Pee Dee, the Lowcountry and surrounding areas. I strive to capture and preserve my family’s heritage of hundreds of years. I aspire to inspire.
My work can be found locally in galleries, furniture stores, homes, churches and businesses,
as well as various homes across the United States. I am a member of Seacoast Artist Guild,
Waccamaw Artist Guild, and Waterway Art Association.
My affiliations, charitable contributions, and prestigious accomplishments include South Carolina Wildlife Association, American Heart Association, Brookgreen Gardens, and others.
Awards include First place: The Best of South Carolina's Artist (peoples choice)