“Shelley Smith’s paintings place one in the moment and location. Using vibrant, yet realistic colors, her art presents a 3D perspective that opens up the image and places the viewer in the scene. There is a sense of feeling/connection, whether it be a memory or a desire for a future experience. I am the owner of three (3) original Shelley Smith creations – “The Donna,” “Signs of Change” and “Waiting for Business.” Each time I view “Waiting for Business,” the umbrella on the hot dog cart appears to be blowing in the wind, beckoning me in on a warm day for a hot dog, chips and a soda.” – Donna B.
"I’m actually not ordinarily drawn to representational painting, but Shelley’s paintings go beyond representational and capture the character of the seemingly ordinary (like transportation themes with bridges, trains, and boats). She highlights what many take for granted, inviting the viewer to look with fresh eyes. As a result, the Spunky Bohemian breathes new life and a fresh perspective into everyday Americana." — Andy Getch