Shelley Adler is best known for her paintings of faces and figures that are depicted with strong colours and striking compositions. In addition to works on canvas, Adler is widely recognized for her expressive use of watercolour and ink on paper. Adler paints from life as well as photographs, using friends and models for her subjects. Her children, now young adults, are also a frequent source of inspiration.


Born in 1961, Shelley Adler received her MFA from Boston University and her BFA from York University in Toronto. She has exhibited across Canada and in the United States. Her work is held in many prominent collections and has been exhibited internationally including in Berlin, Miami and New York.