Growing up in Southern California, Shelley Couvillion's interest in the relationship between words and pictures started young. Shelley loved to listen to her mother read books aloud about all manner of things, from the Lord Of The Rings to The Little House on the Prairie. Shelley has always struggled with two seemingly opposing pulls in her life. Wanting to be the character with the sword, and wanting to be someone’s mom. Now that she is a mom, she’s decided there’s nothing wrong with being both and wants her daughter to grow up in a culture where being kick-butt and a girl aren’t mutually exclusive.
While still in high school, Shelley drew her way into the Santa Ana Community College Art Department. While there she received the Art Department Award for Sculpture, Excellence Award for Sculpture, Art Promotion League Award for Life Drawing, and the Fred and Barbara Meiers Memorial Award for Painting.
Shelley has since joined SCBWI and shows her work in local galleries. She is pursuing work as a children's illustrator for books and magazines. You can find some of her recent work in Bravery Magazine and on the cover of local author Robin Puelma’s books.
Her work is inquisitive, layered and often described as enchanting. Her characters create a sense of joy while her environments inspire a sense of wonder. The use of watercolor in her work tends to depict a soft and inviting but precise quality. Making her work easy to fall into and exciting to explore. Shelley plans to continue to strengthen her visual storytelling abilities and looks forward to illustrating for children's magazines such as Cricket, Muse and Illustroia, while also pursuing opportunities to illustrate children's books.
Currently Shelley lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.
Bravery Magazine Issue 2- Full page illustration
Bravery Magazine Issue 3 - Craft Page
The Weight of Home - Solo Show
Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, CA
From The Dungeon - Leanna Lin's Wonderland, Eagle Rock, CA
- Oh Deer - 6x8 Watercolor
- So Deer To My Heart- 6x8 Watercolor
A Wrinkle In Time - Hero Complex Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
- "Tesseract Trio" 12x16 Watercolor Shadowbox
Girls Can Be Heroes Too - Feminist Fairy Tales - Solo Show Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, CA
Alice In Winter Wonderland - Honey and Butter- 3T Arts, Irvine, CA
- House Alice - Watercolor Shadowbox
Legend Of Zelda 30th Anniversary - Hero Complex Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Solace" 5x7 watercolor shadowbox
"Death To Fear" 9x12 watercolor
Alice through the looking glass - Hero Complex Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Sea Of Tears" 5x7 watercolor shadowbox
Labyrinths and Monsters - Creature Features, Los Angeles, CA
- "Little Mori Big Mori" 2.5x3 watercolor shadowbox
- "Hiding" 2.5x3 watercolor shadowbox
My Favorite Things - Leanna Lin's Wonderland, Los Angeles, CA
- "LA Skyline" 2.5x3 watercolor shadowbox
- "Two birds and Cat" 2.5x3 watercolor shadowbox
- "Pasadena Bridge" 2.5x3 watercolor shadowbox
- "Griffith Observatory" 2.5x3 watercolor shadowbox
- "Union Station" 2X2 watercolor shadowbox
- "City Flight" 2x2 watercolor shadowbox
Art for Animals benefit show - Leanna Lin's Wonderland, Eagle Rock, CA
"Everything That Glitters" 9x12 watercolor and ink
Shel Silverstein and Rohld Dahl tribute show - Fan Alley, Anaheim, CA
"I'm Just Different" 8x10 watercolor
"I'm A Wild Animal" 8x10 watercolor
A Wrinkle In Time Exhibition on Oh My Disney
Feature on the official Disney Instagram
Alice Through the Looking Glass Exhibition on Hello Giggles (READ)