Layers Study, watercolor, 5.75″ x 8.75″, 2015
I am drawn to organic lines, authentic materials, layers that reveal, and patterns that make the eye dance. My work is a direct reflection of what catches my eye — the gentle curve of line, textures you can feel with fingertips, subtle shadows from the play of light, the depth of cerulean blue when mixed with iridescent gold — and my collections pay homage to all that resonates deeply with me.
I find juxtapositions (fragility/strength, graceful fluidity/strong architectural lines, simplicity/intricate complexity) endlessly intriguing, and my artwork and design aesthetic quietly honors the mix of contrasting elements. I have a deep reverence for the natural world around me, and I am greatly inspired by the delicate patterns that often are revealed in the ordinary. Look closely and you will see elements of these details within the brushstrokes of my distinctive style and a deeper level of beauty than what originally meets the eye.
It’s inherent in me, the need to paint something beautiful, to envision a collection, product, or concept and then bring it to life so that others may enjoy it. It is visual storytelling, and it’s what I do each time I pick up my paintbrush and begin to lay down washes of watercolor. My hope is that my work will resonate and inspire an experience . . . one that is powerful enough to make the viewer feel.
About the Artist
Shell Rummel is a fine artist and designer. Her company, Shell Artistree, LLC, has been a successful and established presence within the fine art, wedding, and stationary markets for nearly 20 years, and her award-winning watercolor artwork is represented in retail stores, art galleries, juried shows, fine art exhibitions, and national publications. Shell Rummel’s artwork is collected by thousands of art patrons within the United States and abroad.
The Shell Rummel brand features tranquil fine art and design, graceful lines, natural textures, and quietly elegant color palettes. Passionate about designing beautiful products, Shell Rummel currently is focused on building her brand’s presence within the home decor and gift markets.
Shell Rummel designs for a wide array of genres, including modern coastal, elegant traditional, and urban chic interiors. The brand works with world-class licensing partners to bring a growing list of products (among others, bedding, bath, rugs, pillows, interior house paint, fabric by the yard, and wall decor) to the shelves of industry giants such as Bed, Bath and Beyond, HomeGoods, Houzz, and Wayfair. Poised for significant growth beginning in 2016, the Shell Rummel brand continues to expand into additional product categories and international markets.
With new products launching seasonally, Shell Rummel splits her time between her design studio outside Washington, D.C., and showrooms in New York City and High Point, North Carolina.
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