Shelley Thayer Layton
                  Layton Gallery                          Open by appointment.

                  83 East Water St.
             Rockland, MA, 02370
                  (774) 454 5487
About the Artist
            I began my career primarily as a still life painter, joining the Copley Society at the age of 26. In these early years I was influenced by the French painter Chardin and the painters of the Dutch School. The art of still life, with it's important lessons in light, composition and draftsmanship , provided a solid foundation for my later work as a portrait artist. 
            My transition to figurative work evolved slowly as I embarked on a course of self study which included the works of Boston School painters such as Benson, Tarbell, and Paxton. I was inspired by their classically rendered figures, carefully planned compositions, and their skill in creating atmosphere through light and shadow. 
            Today I maintain a studio and  gallery in Rockland, Massachusetts where I paint portraits, figurative works, and still lifes.

Copley Society of Art,    Portrait Registry
Arts Foundation of Cape Cod
Hearle Gallery, Chatham, MA
Recent Exhibitions
Self Portrait Cape Cod,    Cotuit Center for the Arts
Copley Society, Small Works

"The Library Window"
Fine Oil Portraits
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30"x36"  oil on linen