V. V. Do you live in Venice, have a studio there,
Shellstrom: I have lived in Venice since 1996
and have painted in a studio but more recently I have painted from my
front room. I live on Speedway and 19th and love the beach.
V.V. Is being an artist in Venice different from
Shellstrom: Every time I visited LA I would make
sure to come to Venice. This place is alive with color, excitement and
personality. I have always wanted to live here and capture its energy
V.V. How much time do you spend on Ocean Front
Shellstrom: Every day, until I recently took a
full-time job. Now I make sure to spend as much time on weekends.
V.V. What's your favorite thing about it?
Shellstrom: Eye candy in any flavor ever imagined.
V.V. Do you wish you had been around in the old
days when it was funkier, for instance in the Beat era?
Shellstrom: Yes, we are lucky that there are photos
and art from that period. That is what I hope my work will reflect years
V.V. Have you painted a mural in Venice or done
decoration in any interiors?
Shellstrom: I have been asked and am very interested
in doing so.
V.V. What is your favorite of the Venice murals
past or present?
Shellstrom: Almost all of Cronk's works, "Starry
Night" being my favorite
V.V. Are your paintings in the collections of
any Venice luminaries?
Shellstrom: Yes, a professor, a writer and a fellow
artist all from Venice