A self-taught mixed media artist of Cree and Scottish descent, Shelley Rose May was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. She now calls Calgary her home and has lived there for over 25 years.
Formerly a Support Worker at Hull Services, she resigned her job to be a stay-at-home mother to her children. To keep her boys entertained, she began experimenting with arts and crafts and fell in love with mixed media. Shelley and her husband Mark collaborate on art pieces including paintings, spirit dolls and other creations. One of their pieces was featured in Colouring It Forward’s 2018 Indigenous Art Calendar. They have also collaborated on Christmas card box sets and an Indigenous Art & Wisdom Journal. Donations for each sale made is to a school nutrition program and healing programs.
Shelley and her family had a difficult year in 2016. First her mother passed away and shortly afterward, Shelley was diagnosed with cancer. She now considers her health issue a blessing and strives to heal herself and others through her art.