About the Artist


Dick Shipley passed away in May 2016. As a watercolorist, Dick Shipley had his own take on reality. He enjoyed melding this view of reality with his impressions of places he had visited. His paintings reveal a new spontaneity, regardless of the subject matter. A street scene, an old barn, or a simple pot of flowers can become something unusual.

Dick earned a degree in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. This foundation led to a long and successful career designing retail spaces all over the world. His global assignments required sketching as a basic method of communication. These drawing skills gave him the basis for starting his second career as a watercolorist in 1997. In 2003, he was inducted into the International Store Planning and Design Hall of Fame.

His paintings are memories of the places he had visited or the everyday scenes that he found compelling. Value studies were his starting point for each painting. Much time was spent arranging the value patterns until the best possible relationships were achieved. These studies were the road map to a successful composition.

Since 2001, Dick had been teaching watercolor painting at the DuPage Art League in Wheaton, Illinois and at Carillon Lakes in Crest Hill, Illinois. In 2008, he became part of the Edwards Hospital "Healing Arts" program in Naperville, Illinois.

He achieved signature status in the National Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and the Watercolor Society of Indiana. His work can be found in numerous corporate and private collections. The Gallery Art Center in Upper Arlington, Ohio handles many of his originals and giclee prints.