Karen Sheltrown – A mac Worthington gallery artist
I was born in Manitowoc WI
The first 12 years of my life was spent traveling around the USA with my family, living in a bus, singing and playing instruments. My instrument, when I got old enough, was the base guitar. This was not really my passion although I had fun.
I have 6 sisters and 4 brothers. I am a middle child. As you can imagine it was a little hectic in our household at times. After growing up and having my own family experiences my hat goes of to my parents for coping with all of us, and realizing what a wonderful job they did, loving us always.
I have drawn pictures for as long as I can remember, It was something I did a lot while riding on the bus as a child, so I had ample time to be creative.
We never really settled in one place until I was about 15 or 16. I was so fortunate to see so many awesome places across the country that helped inspire my creativity.
Because of our constant traveling to new cities We were all home schooled pretty much by our parents who did a fantastic job.
At age 17 I started taking art classes here and there thru 3 different community colleges, WI. GA. and IL as my passion grew it was one of my favorite things to do.
By the time I turned 20 I started an on the job training program to learn how to weld, it was a new way to be creative, I enjoyed it so much I have now been welding for the past 21 years.
During my life so far, I have made welded sculptures, painted with pastel, oil pencils, charcoal, done pencil sketches, painted ceramics, wood burned my drawings and painted them, worked with resin, got into sewing crafts, wood working, drawn a lot of art work for t-shirt prints. Now after spending most of my time raising my family and working I have finally started to unleash my artistic ability now that I have more time,.
At the present I have been mastering my art skills in digital painting using a wacom tablet and corel paint, and learning embroidery. Next I have my sights on learning pottery.
I am the proud mother of 4 children, 3 boys 1 girl. My oldest boy is currently married an in the air force. Next oldest boy is in the National Guard reserves. My only daughter is graduating this year and training to become a nurse. My youngest boy graduates next year and is an excellent student.