Shelley Esaak is an American portrait artist, freelance illustrator and graphic designer, writer and educator. Her ongoing art historic education has been obtained through autodidactic study of an ever-expanding personal library of exhibition catalogues, monographs and catalogue raisonnés.
- "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 plastic and exciting.
- Art History is also, regrettably, a discipline that's proved itself wildly capable of intimidating people with its lofty reputation as a Terribly Serious Subject, employing often incomprehensible language. This is a true pity, as learning about art and artists can - and should - be a great deal of fun." Shelley Esaak.