Suzanne Shelden Home PageGo to Shelden Studios Website
appalachian washingtonians Route 4 Southern Maryland Beach Town Raining Cats and Dogs
Spirit of the Horse fantasy cat drawings nature commissions Jefferson Patterson Park

 

Suzanne Shelden Home Page

Forest Light Series

Route 4 Series

Appalachian Series

Washingtonian Series

Southern Maryland Series

Beach Town Series

The Birds

Raining Cats and Dogs

A Gala for Cat Lovers

Nature

The Spirit of the Horse

Fantasy

Abstracts

 

Galleries:

Artworks@7th
in North Beach

North End Gallery
in Leonardtown

The Arts Center
of Montross

 

Online:

Fine Art America
Suzanne Shelden

 

 

Shows and Events:



"FOREST LIGHT"
JULY
North End Gallery
in Leonardtown, MD

-

Annmarie Garden GREEN

Annmarie Sculpture Garden
and Arts Center

ARTSFEST 2023
September 16-17

-

-


 


 



Suzanne Shelden's Facebook Page

 

 

 

The artwork found on this website is available directly from
SheldenStudios
@
comcast dot net

 

Media:

Acrylic Painting

Oils

Drawing

Collage and Mixed Media

Watercolor

Photography

Computer Digital

 

 

thank you
for your
patronage

Forest Light

A new series brings new energy and inspiration into one’s art. It encourages one to explore the present and to revisit the past. It challenges the artist to break the boundaries of the plateau and to gain new experiences. Light is everywhere, but never is it so interesting and varied as it is in the heart of the forest. I hope you will enjoy this series. Please follow along as it develops.

 

 

Heron Cove

Heron Cove
36 x 40" Acrylic on canvas
$4,320

We walked all of Greenwell State Park in St. Mary's County one hot afternoon and came upon this beautiful scene. We were hot and sweaty, the bugs were all out in force, but we persevered, and were well rewarded for our effort. Greenwell is not always this hot and challenging. There are many lovely walking trails, a rose garden, old barns, and river views.

 

Along the Trail to Zealand Falls

Along the Trail to Zealand Falls
A-Z Trail, White Mountains, New Hampshire

48 x 72" acrylic on canvas
$10,368

 

. . . white mountains
of new hampshire . . .

The trails start in mature forest, traversing rocky switch backs and sometimes climbing straight up the mountainside in a series of rocky steps no one but giants could have made. With elevation, the trees hunker down in defense against the wind and weather. Stone emerges, thrusting up out of the earth, and trees claw into crevices. On the higher ridges is an alpine tundra so delicate hikers must stay on the trail, which is often bare granite and to either side only twelve inches of soil supports
a garden of hardened beauty.

in the fog and wind,
in the midst of the clouds,
in a garden of spruce on a stone path,
the white throated sparrow calls.

 

Valley Way Magic

Valley Way Magic
New Hampshire

24x36" acrylic on canvas
$2,592
reproductions available on Fine Art America

 

Valley Way, Watson Junction

Valley Way, Watson Path Junction
New Hampshire

24x36" acrylic on canvas
$2,592

 

Old Rag Stone

Old Rag Stone

48 x 72" acrylic on canvas
$10,368
SOLD
collection in Northern Virginia

reproductions available on Fine Art America

 

Village Still Life

Village Still Life
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum

12 x 16" Acrylic on Canvas
$576
currently available

 

Little Mushroom

Little Mushroom

8 x 8" Acrylic on Canvas
$157

 

 

Greenwood

Greenwood

8 x 16" Acrylic on Panel
private collection in maryland

 

. . . jug bay . . .

Jug Bay and the Patuxent River are surrounded by parks and preserves, but the one I call Jug Bay has the Nature Center at the northern end and farms at the southern end, in the vicinity of Wrighton and Lower Pindell Roads.
There is an old railroad bed, now a trail, that goes along the eastern border of the park, and in the west, Jug Bay, and the Patuxent River. One can get in a good 7 mile run on a crisp, clear morning. On rainier days, interspersed across the landscape, are slight depressions, so wide across one cannot see their depth, until they fill with shallow water, and become ephemeral swamps that reflect the sometimes still, sometimes shimmering woodland landscape.

 

 

Sunset on Cypress Swamp

Sunset on Cypress Swamp

30 x 60" Acrylic on Canvas
$5,744

. . . cypress swamp . . .

Cypress swamp is one of those spiritual places if you find yourself in quiet company. From one moment to the next the light changes. Turn around and there are myriad views, the sun moves, the light shifts, and then, you are in a different place.

Just standing on the boardwalk, you can get vertigo—as the view goes down as much as it goes up.

Woodland Hike

Woodland Hike

5 x 7" Acrylic on Canvas
$122

 

Cross Country

Paw Paw Path

5 x 7" Acrylic on Canvas
$135

 

Jug Bay Wetland

Jug Bay Wetland

16 x 20" Oil on Canvas
SOLD
private collection in southern maryland

 

 

Midnight Noon

Midnight Noon
Currently Available
12 x 24" Acrylic on Canvas
private collection in maryland

 

From Whence We Came

From Whence We Came

36" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas, framed
Original available: $7,577

 

. . . audience. . .

The rustling of leaves and water disturbed, sounds like someone searching, foraging for something, but voiceless. Not then two people in a kayak voyaging—they would talk.
This being moves, but is not concerned about sounds of disturbance that may be overheard. No cat then, or hunting fox, nor even coyote.
Wouldn’t a beaver or woodchuck mutter to themselves like squirrels do? But this is a larger fluster than any of them could fabricate.
I stand still and listen on this windy peninsula where few people ever venture. My ears strain to hear and my eyes focus with my sense of the approach of this whoever.
Thrashing among the branches and leaves down the hillside, black against the water, a shadow rises into view. Becomes a great stag—large with antlers wide spread, the head held level and neck arched inversely supporting the weight.
He—no fool—sees me where I stand and studies me, head moving back and forth to get my true shape. He probably can tell I’m not the killing kind—he approaches for a closer look and stares, but not for long—you never know—and so moves on, north now, down into the next ravine, into the deepest part, where the woods thicken and the ground turns to marsh beyond, negotiating low branches—his passage—now silent, barely disturbing, making no noise. I follow, but he is gone.

View of Parkers Creek at end of Horse Swamp Trail

View of Parkers Creek at end of Horse Swamp Trail
American Chestnut Land Trust

40 x 40" Acrylic on Canvas
sold
to private collection in St. Mary's County, MD

. . . american chestnut
land trust . . .

3000 acres of land and 22 miles of trails and I and my friends have done them all—again and again. Which loop should we do this week? Shall we venture North to South, or PF2BAY? We keep coming back, and certain trails we revisit weekly for the spring flowers and ephemerals . . . we hike the trail to the end for a glimpse of the bay and for Parkers Creek, which bends like the Shenandoah on its way east.

Red Hat

Red Hat
On the trail to view Old Man in the Mountain, New Hampshire

11 x 14" Acrylic on Canvas
Sold to the owner of the red hat!


 

Grumpy Grackle

Grumpy Grackle

private collection in maryland

 

Sunset on the North/South Trail

Thanksgiving Hike

5 x 7" Acrylic on Canvas
private collection in maryland

 

Fall View

Fall View

5 x 7" Acrylic on Canvas
private collection in maryland

 

Sunset on the North/South Trail

Sunset on the North/South Trail

5 x 7" Acrylic on Canvas
private collection in maryland

 

The Snag

The Snag
Along the Trail to Madison Hut
White Mountains, New Hampshire

5 x 7" Acrylic on Canvas
private collection in maryland

 

Rocky to the Top

Rocky to the Top
Along the Trail to Madison Hut
White Mountains, New Hampshire

5 x 7" Acrylic on Canvas
private collection in maryland

 

Under the Pines 

Under the Pines
Along the Trail to Madison Hut

5 x 7" Acrylic on Canvas
private collection in maryland

 

Into the Birch Forest

Into the Birch Forest
Along the Trail to Zealand Falls Hut

5 x 7" Acrylic on Canvas
private collection in north carolina

 


Your Waters are Purest

your waters are purest
George Washington National Forest

24 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas
SOLD
private collection in northern virginia

reproductions available on Fine Art America




My Summertime Home

my summertime home
Camp Strawderman, George Washington National Forest

24 x 36" Acrylic on Canvas
$2,592

reproductions available on Fine Art America




Tall Pines Surround Your Green Hills

tall pines surround your green hills
Camp Strawderman, George Washington National Forest

24 x 36" Acrylic on Canvas
$2,592

reproductions available on Fine Art America




And the Lights Glowing Softly at Night Guide Us Home

and the lights glowing softly at night guide us home
Camp Strawderman, George Washington National Forest

24 x 36" Acrylic on Canvas
$2,592

reproductions available on Fine Art America

. . . george washington
national forest . . .

. . . is for me: limestone and granite, lichen and moss, pine and old weathered oak, misty views of mountains at sunset, morning hikes with rocky climbs that take me above low clouds of fog where only the ridges of the mountains can be seen in the predawn light, cold water creeks with barnacles biting the soles of my feet, long gravel roads strewn here and there with bits of slag from old furnaces, outcrops of fossil shale, ridge trails under low oak and pine with understories of cinnamon fern, hollows where trails wend through dark tunnels of hemlock...

Big Schloss

Big Schloss
George Washington National Forest

24 x 30" Acrylic on Canvas
$2,160

 

Claire

Claire
Annmarie Garden

11 x 14" oil on canvas
$242

 

Woodland Path

Woodland Path
Annmarie Garden

11 x 14" oil on canvas
$232

. . . annmarie . . .

The kind vision that has formed Annmarie Garden over the years has preserved the forest and created an outdoor museum with long contemplative views of contemporary sculptures and winding pathways.
Look closer, and find a playful spirit that inspires children and adults alike.

Shortcut

Shortcut
Annmarie Garden

11 x 14" oil on canvas - Palette Knife

private collection in maryland

 

a MAZING tree

a MAZING tree

36 x 72" Acrylic on Canvas
$7,777

... but it is also called "Transpiration" because the maze is structured like the water cycle, where the channels lead from around the sun and down to the ground as rain, into the soil, back up into the tree, out the branches and folliage and into the sky and back around the sun and on and on in a never-ending cycle.

 

 

Cherries in Bloom

Cherries in Bloom
St. Leonard Polling House, Maryland
7 x 14" oil on canvas
$222

 

Dogwood in Bloom

Dogwood in Bloom
Annmarie Garden
8 x 8" oil on canvas
private collection in maryland

 

Yoshino

Yoshino
St. Leonard Polling House, Maryland
4 x 6" Acrylic on Panel
private collection in narnia

 

Forest Sunset

Forest Sunset

14 x 14" Framed Acrylic on Canvas
Original available: $196

 

Dawn Puddle

Dawn Puddle

8 x 10" Framed Acrylic on Canvas
private collection in maryland

. . . places to wander. . .


Patuxent River Park
Swanson Road
Rosaryville
Kings Landing
Jug Bay
Glendening
Ward Farm Park
Biscoe-Gray Farm Park
Cypress Swamp
American Chestnut Land Trust
Flag Ponds
Calvert Cliffs
Greenwell
Point Lookout

 

42 — 675

42 — 675
16 x 20
found objects collage
$1200
photo prints available upon request

 

42 — 691

42 — 691
12 x 16
found objects collage
$1200
photo prints available upon request

 

Old Zinnia

Old Zinnia

18 x 18" Acrylic on Canvas
Original available: $972


Coming Up

 

The Snake and the Gravestone

"The Snake and the Gravestone"

painting in the works!

 

Past Inspirations for Forest Light

Hunting Creek

Hunting Creek
24" x 36"
Private Collection
in Maryland

 

Sunset Over St. Leonard Creek

Sunset Over St. Leonard Creek
Acrylic on Canvas
24 x 36
Private Collection in New York

 

 

White Oak Canyon

White Oak Canyon

White Oak Canyon
acrylic on canvas 30 x 60in
private collection
reproductions available on Fine Art America

This is part of the Appalachian series. White Oak Canyon of Shenandoah National Park is one of my favorite hikes. This is an amazing waterfall and this painting is a compilation of several photos of the falls.

 

The artwork found on this website is available directly from
Shelden Studios AT comcast DOT net

 

All rights reserved. Copyright©2023 Shelden Studios.