Ever since Shalese could hold a pencil, she had a love of drawing and animals, so it was only natural that she combined her two loves. Her passion for art has only grown throughout the years and her love of animals has kept up with it. When her family took a vacation to Yellowstone in 2009, her inspiration skyrocketed. She was able to get very close to a large bull elk, something she’d never done before but had always wished to experience. She discovered the sublime in a powerful way, a feeling she hopes is portrayed in all her art. From that point on, she wanted to excel in the field of wildlife art while continuing her passion for equestrian art.
Shalese graduated in the spring of 2011 from Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN with a B.S. in Studio Art and hope to make wildlife/equine art her full-time profession. She is a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists and the International Society of Scratchboard Artists. She is represented by Tabora Gallery in Waikiki, HI and James Krom Natural Images in Rochester, MN and exhibits regularly at the Out West Art Show in Great Falls, MT.