Gallery of paintings: Shelley Upton

Y Llunwyr ~ The Picturemakers: a collective of artists working in mid-Wales.


Shelley Upton

I left school longing to work in the arts. That ambition was, alas, rejected on economic grounds, though as a publican, restaurateur and particularly as a chef my creativity was to the fore. Later, many years of working with fabulous textiles further fed and developed my hunger for colour and texture and as a tutor in adult education for thirteen years I was able to share my passions for ceramics and textiles with others.

An abrupt change of career in 1993 brought me into academia at Aberystwyth where I successfully tackled a Computer Science degree after which, what seemed like a rollercoaster of coincidences, led me to me spending over twenty years in the Information Services Department.

Now I have begun a completely new career, as a freelance translator from French to English and I have just started teching ceramics again after a gap of nearly forty years. You're never too old to start afresh!"

Through the excellent classes offered by the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at Aber, some years ago, I achieved the Higher Education Certificate in Art and Design, which set me back on the path I dreamed of so long ago. My work has been exhibited in Aberystwyth (Toko, Morlan, Nanteos, Aberystwyth Arts Centre), Carmarthen (King Street Gallery), Rhayader (Sherbet Moon Gallery), Tregaron (Oriel Celf Cambria Arts) and Machynlleth MOMA Wales (The Tabernacl). As a member of The Picturemakers, I have exhibited regularly since 2006 in galleries and Arts Centres right across Wales.