Shelley Kolman Smith
Shelley had a number of interesting careers before realizing her natural talent for sculpting. These included drafting and a few years as a Dallas Police Officer. After her children were born, she drew their portraits and a number of her friends began asking her to draw their children as well. Later she tried her hand at watercolor portraits, and soon after that taught herself to work in oil. She has painted many notable family's in Texas. In 2003, she took a short sculpting workshop from Bobbe Gentry and was hooked. Months later, she created her first bronze sculpture, "Jesus, the Living Water"(in the collection of St. John's in Terrell) portrays Christ, arms outstretched as water flows from one hand to the other. This sculpture won a BENE thru Ministry and Liturgy Magazine and was later published on one of their covers. Shelley had always felt that God was directing her art and guiding her hands, now she's certain He lead her to this new medium.
Some of her work in East Texas can be seen at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Marshall. Shelley also has two sculptures installed in Washington, DC as well as numerous locations around the United States. Her latest commission was for St. Martin de Porres in Lake Charles, LA. It consisted of a life size Crucifix, a St. Martin, a Mary with Jesus as a child and an 8 ft tall Sculpture of the Resurrected Christ.
Shelley lives in Poetry, Tx with her husband Patrick. They have two children in college and one in P.A. school. Her large studio, frequently visited by her dog and serenaded by roosters and doves, is only steps from her back door. Clients are encouraged to visit while she creates their sculptures. Her work can be seen at www.ShelleyKolmanSmith.com.
18730 FM 1565, Poetry, TX 75160,