Shelli Le Fay
The Sisters sit silently in their rose garden, awaiting their supplicants. In place of crowns, they are branded with the spiral, the mark of the gods. Around their necks, a chain of the skulls of the mortals who, to their cost, defied their advice. Their shared, solitary eye not only surveys their audience, but casts its gaze into all unknowable places, from the antediluvian past to the distant future, when the last surviving bones of gods turn to dust and scatter forth on the winds of nothingness.
My name is Shelli Le Fay. I am a painter of colourful, whimsical, magickal things.
Based in Manchester, UK, I studied Fine Art at University for the Creative Arts in Kent, and have participated in exhibitions in Liverpool, London, Paphos, and Brisbane.
My work is largely focused on mythology and the sacred feminine, from goddess figures to she-wolves to queens and princesses. My influences include witchcraft, the natural beauty of Northwestern England, folklore, and fairytales. I use a great deal of symbolism of flora, fauna, and colour to tell a story.
My work has evolved over the past five years from drawing influence from Eastern mythology to that of my roots, which are Scandinavian, Dutch, and Irish. I also draw a lot of inspiration from the other great passion in my life, which is fantasy literature. I find the lack of female characters in some seminal fantasy works very disappointing, and my artwork is often an attempt to rectify that. I like to explore the female experience of subjects such as magic, creation, quests and totemism.
I am currently creating more magickal things from my home studio and am available for commissions, including acrylic painting, murals, and digital artwork.
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Acrylic on Canvas