Shelley Esaak is a portrait artist, freelance illustrator and graphic designer, writer and educator.


Shelley has written the Art History site since 2003. Having worked in most mediums herself, she enjoys spirited discourse with fellow artists and art enthusiasts, maintains that anyone with an open mind can always learn something new and appreciates that readers often provide her with opportunities to do both.


Shelley majored in Illustration at Kendall College of Art and Design, and Graphic Design, with a minor concentration in Art History, at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design.

Art History is hugely important because it's the visual record of our human history. No other discipline offers us the ability to see our ancestors - as they looked, where and how they lived and, most importantly, what they saw - both in and outside their own heads. Few other disciplines stretch globally from the Late Paleolithic Age until five seconds ago, which keeps our subject endlessly new and exciting. You are most welcome to explore the fascinating characters, interesting facts, beautiful objects and vocabulary that Art History offers, presented here in a friendly setting.

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