Shelly Johnson is a watercolor artist living in Boise, Idaho. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California and studied at UCLA and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She earned her BFA from Art Center in Advertising Illustration.
She has worked as an illustrator for books and magazines, as a muralist, and as a computer artist doing 3D modeling and animation for video games, but she has always maintained the intention to eventually be a full time painter. She is a member of the Idaho Watercolor Society since 2010, and is a regular participant in their annual Idaho Capitol Building and membership juried shows. She is currently an IWS Distinguished Merit Member after being accepted into several juried shows, where she won several awards and the opportunity to participate in their annual traveling show. She has sold her work through the traveling and Capitol shows. She has completed multiple watercolor paintings on commission, primarily paintings of children, since 2009.
In 2010, Shelly moved to Boise, Idaho, to live a slower, quieter life in an inspiring landscape. Her favorite painting subject is children, but she found a second love painting Idaho landscapes and wildlife. She works from provided reference from clients, and from her own photographs taken from around the state.
With her paintings of children, she has the opportunity to experience the innocence and joy of childhood and to preserve a moment in time for her clients. With her landscapes, she attempts to preserve the natural beauty of the landscape she experienced in person. She enjoys playing with color, light, and pattern, and believes the luminosity of her watercolor technique especially lends itself to showing off Idaho’s unique light. She believes a painting should draw the viewer in from a distance, and that there should be a reward in the details for drawing closer.
Shelly currently resides in Boise with her husband Bill and his Pudelpointers, Wood E. and Cooper, and La Cunta the cat.
Commissions and Pricing
I have a painting of my daughter on her third birthday that will always remind me of the joy of her childhood. I would like to give you the opportunity to have the same.
Pricing below is for portraits, please inquire for pricing for paintings of other subjects.
Portraits by commission:
(Based on approximate size, these may vary based on subject matter, such as multiple faces in one painting.)
5” x 7” $250
10“ x 14“ $500
15” x 20” $750
20” x 24” $1000
(20" x 24" price includes 10 notecards)
Price includes matting, but does not include shipping or framing, and is based on your provided reference. I can arrange framing, prints, and cards.
Shows and Awards
Currently showing several framed studies at Capitol Contemporary Gallery,
451 South Capitol Blvd in Boise.
"Girl with Shoes" accepted into the 48th annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition in Dallas, Texas.
2020 Richeson75 Animals, Birds & Wildlife Competition Meritous List for "Doe and Fawns at Fall River"
Idaho Watercolor Society Distinguished Merit Member accepted into IWS Juried Annual Membership Shows 2011, 2012, 2013, 2019, 2021, and 2022
First Place Winner 2022 IWS Juried Annual Membership Show
HK Holbein Artist Materials Award Winner 2021 IWS Juried Annual Membership Show
Golden Artist Colors Award Winner 2019 IWS Juried Annual Membership Show
HK Holbein Award Winner 2013 IWS Annual Membership Show
IWS Capitol Show participant since 2011
Acceptance into Boise's Art Source Gallery 17th and 19th Annual Juried Shows (2019 and 2022) with Honorable Mention in 2019
"Idaho Paints Idaho" 2011
Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, Idaho Falls
Westlake Village Art Guild Open Show 2010
Westlake Village Art Guild Open Show 2009
For prices of paintings on this website, please inquire. Some paintings are already framed.