Kinds words from a fan - 

Hey Shelly! On the off chance you haven't already received your daily allotment of love and validation, I'd like you to consider me your one stop shop. I don't think we've ever met, but I see we're friends already (through mpls film peeps?). This has already gotten too long, but your work came up in my feed and I lost 2 hours of kitchen cleaning....a deep clean critical to the future of my marriage and my wife's general well being. I knew what was at stake but your photography was like noise canceling headphones against my wife's klaxon complaints. In all seriousness, I realize now that I am unable to give someone a straight compliment and probably need to get in touch with my feelings. That said, I was truly affected by your work. Stark, haunting, mysterious, beautiful, sad and all the other cliches that truly great art makes me feel. I wish you great success, and thanks for doing what you do. (Also, I love my wife, joking about that). Hope to meet you in the future and see your work in person! Now, you can stay in! No need for more validation today (unless you're a psychopath)   -  Gabe Noah


“Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” 

        -Andy Warhol


"Art is not a skill contest, nor an innovation contest. Art is an honesty contest. If we can be precisely who we are, in the most intimate and candid and courageous way, we will start to connect to the universal. Our job as artists is to become powerfully personal in our work, and if we touch the source, the most central wound, the deepest of wells, then we actually touch the universal. In the compression of the intensely personal, heat is generated, and at a certain point it becomes expansive."

        -Ran Ortner  -