Shirley Bell began painting in watercolor 25 years ago. Paralyzed in a car accident when she was 16 Shirley has been determined live a full and prosperous life in spite of her limitations. She is continuously inspired by her natural surroundings on Conanicut Island, centered in Narragansett Bay in Jamestown, Rhode Island. Shirley's originals began selling in galleries and gift shops through out the country. Trying too keep up with the demand, Shirley began reproducing her artwork in giclee form. Then, in 2006 she launched the company Shirley Bell Designs that features over 300 of her images graced on beautiful stationery and gift items.
Shirley Bell Designs operates from a studio in Jamestown, Rhode Island. Jamestown is a beautiful island of 10 square miles in the middle of Narragansett Bay, where I have lived for most of my life. My husband and I love to stroll and kayak around our neighborhood, as well as visit the cliffs abutting the ocean on the Southern end of the island at Beavertail.
The beauty and simplicity of Shirley Bell Designs offerings is what sets this company apart from the world of mass production. Each image in Shirley's range is created by hand in her art studio, and every image has touched her life in some way. The short run fabrication process, is all done on site, paying attention to every last detail. We use the highest quality materials from American companies. Always environmentally conscience, we recycle, and used as many recycled products as possible. Best of all; Shirley Bell Designs is still headed by its founder Shirley Bell, although Shirley has taken on a life partner - her husband Rolf - he is now in charge of the production side of the business.
We believe it is a gift to be remembered by receiving a beautiful card with a simple note from a loved one. A special card is often saved as a memento or left out simply to admire.
We believe in keeping our designs simple and clean, leaving room for the card giver to add a message the artwork may reflect.
We believe in supporting other small businesses and in giving back to our community.
We believe in thanking our customers for their continued support and encouragement. Also, in accommodating them as much as possible.
We believe in having fun at work and consuming chocolate in times of stress!
This website is maintained by our long time neighbors and friends, the Murray family. This website generates the bulk of our income, and we depend on you, our customers, for your support. Thanks!