Shelley McCrosky Hartmann grew up on a ranch in Rose Valley near Pioche, Nevada. She grew up with ranching farming and hours spent riding the desert of Nevada on her horse. Her mother Shirley McCrosky, an oil painter ,encouraged her by making sure every possible medium was available to Shelley as she grew up. She took art classes from artists that frequented Lincoln County and Majored in Art at Utah State University. She studied there for a year. Since that time she has been mainly self taught.
On another ranch 50 miles north of Pioche she raised 3 daughters and did painting consignments at a gallery in Elly, Nevada and later taught art in the Pioche area.
She works in many mediums, water color and oils, welding, glass and glass mosaics and fiber. She also works in wearable art generally hand painted pieces she sews and designs. She loves to use recycled materials in her 3 d pieces.
She offers classes in beginning drawing in Hawthorne, and is active on state and local arts councils
Her studio is in Walker Lake, Nevada where her biggest fan her soul mate Bill makes sure she has supplies, time and a place to create.