art & lessons


“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” 
― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” 
― Émile Zola

Shelley Crawford

The business started in my home in 2004 as Old River Art. It has progressed through the years to its present location, SUNSHINE, in the Village of Powhatan, Virginia, a perfect fit and feel. I have made and shared art since my childhood. One of my greatest pleasures is to help others by using art, whether it’s painting my own, teaching art lessons and techniques or providing supportive and customized plans to assist physical needs. I have drawn, planned and wished over the years in preparation of starting my business. The books I read about following the work you love clearly pointed me to SUNSHINE.

My talents and desires fill my needs to teach and help others.I derive great satisfaction and joy in helping others. I am rewarded by giving a smile and a good feeling to my students through their creative art making and lessons. One of the biggest lessons I learned early on is to maintain confidence in what you believe, what IS a good thing and package it with a smile.  Accepting help from successful business people has helped me along the way. 

I am most proud that I have the ability and God-given gift to bring paintings, art lessons and a feeling of pride and pleasure to others. The dream of growing my own business has become a reality! I am committed to helping others and bringing smiles and SUNSHINE to all who come through our doors. 

My advice to others who are considering starting their own business is to dream big, plan well and accept help from others who have been successful. I believe that what you get out of life depends precisely on what you put into it.  My parents instilled in me the belief that we each have the ability to do productive work and I am doing my best to do just that.

If you have to go to work – and what you do doesn’t feel like work – what could be better?  I love what I do and try to bring SUNSHINE to all my students and fellow art lovers.


​I look forward to making art with you.