Art Category: Bozeman, Birds, Horses, Landscapes, Ranching, Rivers/Fish, Sporting Art, Wildlife, Bozeman, and Oil Painting
Charley Shipley grew up in Arizona. From his earliest memories he was an artist; taking inspiration from his father, who had a gift but never pursued it. They would sit for hours, drawing animals together. They also spent time in the remote mountains and canyons of Arizona; hunting, fishing and hiking. This is where Shipley discovered his love of the outdoors and the amazing creatures that inhabit such magnificent country.
Shipley’s love for the outdoors has always inspired and motivated his art. He spent innumerable hours exploring the richness of the Arizona landscape. From the deserts to the high country to the depths of its underground marvels; Shipley found the vision for his art. On one trip in the rugged mountains of west central Arizona, Shipley and his father were on the road to Burro Creek, aptly named, in his dad’s old pickup. Along the way they encountered a band of wild burros; several adults and one colt made their way across the dirt road and up the hillside, below a bluff before they turned to watch. This later became the inspiration for Shipley’s first oil painting, at about the age of twelve.
Remote, lonely, forgotten, neglected, untouched and wild places such as the rugged deserts of Arizona or the snow covered peaks of Montana inspire the artist. These settings, along with bold lines and ample use of paint and contrasts between light and dark, cool and warm give life and character to Shipley’s work. His paintings reflect the raw, yet peaceful beauty of this world, removed from the crowded hustle and bustle of everyday life. His paintings invite the viewer to remember a distant time or place in the natural world that holds special meaning to them. It is his hope, that his paintings can inspire a greater appreciation for our Creator’s handywork and the artistry in nature.