Shaylene Reynolds was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and is part Yupik/Eskimo & Gwitchen Native Alaskan. Occasionally elements from her Alaska Native heritage work their way into her art. She studied Fine Arts at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) until 2010 when she moved to Richmond, Virginia. She moved to Dallas, Texas three years ago where she's currently creating new works.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK
Shaylene works primarily in charcoal and watercolors. The female portrait is a constant theme in her work and she consistently pairs those portraits with plants and wildlife subjects.
The black from the charcoal works as a harsh contrast with the transparency and fluidity of watercolor. Once done she masks off the watercolor portions and sprays down the charcoal elements very heavily with permanent fixative. This helps to keep the charcoal from smudging or moving around the page ensuring that the final result is a clear contrast of both mediums and subjects.