Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Art Lessons with Shelley Hocknell Zentner

Posted on December 8, 2012
Filed Under South Tahoe Art Scene

Paint with a local pro who can help transform your hobby into fine art.  From pencil sketches to watercolors, Shelley Hocknell Zentner can help you brush up on your skills, refine your technique, and help you finish that masterpiece.

Join Shelley on one of her popular one-on-one guided plein air painting lessons in the woods, along the Truckee River or at the beach where she’ll introduce you to her favorite subjects including still life, human form, portraiture, and landscape.

During the private art lessons, Shelley will help ignite your art career using different media like watercolors, acrylic, oils, pastel, pencil, charcoal, inks, and more.

Shelley prefers plein air painting to introduce her students to her favorite places that inspire creative expression such as this recent art lesson outing near the Truckee River in South Shore.

For more information, please contact Shelley directly at

Shelley H. Zentner is a professional artist, with over 15 years experience. She has exhibited her work in over 40 shows in Britain and America, and has collectors worldwide.

Shelley’s story:

“I was born in North Wales (UK), graduating with a degree in Art & Visual Culture in 1997.  I trained as an artist in England and Wales, under the famous Welsh landscape artist Peter Prendergast. My work is informed by the rigorous discipline of drawing from life, as I started drawing from the nude figure.  I take my inspiration from the artists Rodin and Michelangelo, as they both used muscular movement to render inner feelings, and I strive to achieve the same sense of emotion and passion in my work.

I had my first exhibition in 1995, whilst still a student, and this inspired me to work hard to forge a career in art. After graduating, I began painting rock climbers, inspired by a trip to Colorado where I tried climbing for the first time.

My work is mostly representational, inspired by my environment, people and life. Even the most unlikely subjects, such as Kokanee Salmon, or young vines growing in a winery are metaphors for how I am feeling at the time, so can be regarded as a visual fusion or observation and experience.

Although I have lived in the U.S. for several years now, my work still bears the hallmark of the Welsh style – the bold use of black is particularly noticeable in Welsh art, probably due to the amount of darkness in our native landscape, as slate and coal were the major industries in Wales until relatively recently.

I regard my work as an expression of energy, movement and light. I strive to achieve this through colour, bold brush strokes or charcoal lines, and through the subject’s own momentum on the picture plane. I work in a broad range of media, but particularly love oils for major pieces.”

An award-winning documentary, High Art, profiling her work is available to view at Shelley is an adjunct instructor at Lake Tahoe Community College.

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