Impressionistic oil landscape with impasto knife work by Shelly Wierzba Oregon Artist

Shelly Wierzba

Fine Arts

Landscape and still life oil paintings which capture the depth and variety that inspire the world around us. Enjoy my studio paintings and works created en plein air throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and the western states.

High Desert Landscapes

My landscape paintings are inspired by my sojourns into nature near my home in Central Oregon as well as my travels throughout the country. Mother nature provides my sense of awe with an endless supply of subjects as I pause and reflect on the uncaused cause of the bounty of beauty before me.

Aspens by Muddy Creek with Fall color by Shelly Wierzba, American Impressionist.
Sky at sunset with silhouetted trees in Oregon, by American impressionist, Shelly Wierzba
Ice and water over a pond in Central Oregon by Shelly Wierzba impressionistic artist

I find inspiration in the moods of the ever changing light on the world around us.  We only have to still the static and engage our senses to appreciate the beauty.

I hope you enjoy your journey through my portfolio of fine art oil paintings. If you are interested in featuring my art, would like to discuss a piece currently for sale, or would like to commission a painting, please feel free to contact me.

Latest Work

My paintings are not just about technique, design and composition, just as writing is not about grammar and spelling. These are just my tools used to express my concept and emotions.

Ode to Blue

Oil. 12 x 12.  Sold.  This is not a new work, but one of my favorite florals so it’s staying for awhile on my front web page… for your enjoyment.

Still life painting of blue hydrangeas by Shelly Wierzba
Oil painting of lit distant trees near the end of a winter day along the Tumalo Creek above Bend Oregon, by artist Shelly Wierzba.

From a Distance

Just off the easel this 30 x 40, is a recent studio painting done from sketches and a photo from a winter hike along Tumalo Creek below the falls, near the end of the day.  I was struck by the warm light on the disant trees.  It was a moment of pause when I just needed to be completely still and present.

Impressionism. Landscape. Aspen trees in the fall by creek. Southern Oregon landscape. Artist Shelly Wierzba.

Unexpected Places

Oil. 10 x 18.  Finding scenes like this one helps me center on contemplative observation, or seeing with love, everything and everyone in God’s creation.  My prayer is that I grow in learning how to love like Jesus loves us.

Impressionistic painting of sunflowers by Shelly Wierzba Oregon artist.
An original oil painting of a bouquet of vibrant red flowers with fallen petals.

Still Life Oil Paintings

My Still Life paintings arise from a self-imposed artistic challenge, or a “what if” concept. I start with the concept and then set up the objects that represent the idea. It’s also a time to play and learn.

The oil medium allows me to develop my composition by subtracting and adding paint with a variety of tools and to build the thick textures that I admire from the Russian Impressionists.

Release your individual creativity.

My personalized art classes are energetic and you will be doing a lot of painting as you learn the fundamentals of good composition and design.  I stress developing a concept which will open up your creative process, and provide consistency to your painting.

Recent Events

American Impressionists Society

My painting, Carpe Diem, was chosen for the American Impressionist Society’s 2021 National Exhibition and I am honored by their selection!

Oil painting at end of winter above a creek in the high Cascade mountains. Light and snow.

Contact Shelly

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or gallery inquiries. I will respond to your message within 24 hours.