Shelly Truman

About the Artist


Raised as a pure-bred street photographer, Shelly is a relentless camera artist as well as painter. Working originally with a Pentax K1000 and wide-angle lens in the California central coast, Santa Cruz, and the Bay Area, she documented her life as a surfer, skater, and punk-rocker. Shelly has an international exhibition record that includes exhibits in Beijing, Tennessee, San Francisco, New York, and myriad galleries across the United States. Now as captain and owner of S/V Walkabout, Shelly’s lens and paintbrush centers on scenes from around where she lives.


Education and Career


She studied photography at UCSC, where she earned her BA in Art, from 1987-1992 with Norman Locks and Ingeborg Gerdes, printmaking with Zarina, and painting with Don Weygant, Marjorie Portnow, and Don Fritz. She studied with James Snitzer and Peter Feldstien at University of Iowa from 1993-1995, where she earned an MA in Art, and with Martin Fromm at University of Montana from 1998-2001 where she completed her MFA.


She began her full-time teaching career at Eastern Washington University as a full-time Lecturer in Art, then as adjunct faculty online at Darton State College in Albany, Georgia, Lone Star College Montgomery outside of Houston, Texas, and Columbia College of Columbia Missouri.


Shelly earned her MS in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Design in 2013 and began working in instructional design that same year at United HealthGroup. She is currently an instructional design consultant at UnitedHealthcare.