About me

I left school with a longing to work in the arts. That ambition was, alas, rejected on economic grounds, though as a publican, restaurateur and particularly as a chef my creativity was always to the fore. Subsequently, many years of interior design work with fabulous textiles further fed and developed my hunger for colour and texture.
An abrupt change of career in the 1990s brought me into academentia at Aberystwyth University where I successfully tackled a Computer Science degree. After that, what seemed like a rollercoaster of coincidences (but was probably a series of unconscious life choices) led me into a management role in the Information Services Department. I have now retired from that role, but still have strong links with the University.

It was a high-pressure environment and quite a few years ago now I joined a class offered by Aberystwyth University's School of Education and Lifelong Learning (SELL), 'Architectural Detail' as a way of relaxing. Discovering at the first class that course was actually titled 'Advanced Watercolour and Architectural Detail" removed the relaxation element instantly, but I was encouraged by colleagues and tutors and, as a result of their generosity in sharing knowledge and technical skills, I haven't looked back.
Having achieved the Higher Education Certificate in Art and Design and with following more classes and a good deal of experience, I am following the career path I dreamed of so long ago. My work has been exhibited in Aberystwyth (Toko, Morlan, Nanteos, Aberystwyth Arts Centre), Carmarthen (King Street Gallery), Rhayader (@The Gallery), Tregaron (Oriel Celf Cambria Arts) and Machynlleth MOMA Wales (Y Tabernacl).
As a member of The Picturemakers, I have exhibited regularly since 2006 in galleries across Wales. The Picturemakers have shown in (among other places) Aberystwyth, Rhayader, the Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre and Oriel Theatr Clwyd in Mold. 

Our most recent exhibitions have been in Hereford, Shrewsbury, Builth Wells, Brecon, Aberystwyth and Rhayader and at the Wyeside in Powys.

We are currently exhibiting at the Rhiannon Gallery in Tregaron, West Wales.
Nocturne watercolour studies

Shelley Upton. BSc.Hons, ACIPD, Dip RSA, Cert AD. 

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