Jeff Shackelford was born an artist. “I knew this was something I
wanted to do since I was five years old.” Many local business people
recognized his incredible talent early on in his life, providing him with many
opportunities growing up. A few of those opportunities where painting and
creating the bicentennial theme for John Adornetto of Maria Adornettos, a
wall mural in Secrest Auditorium and painting wall graphics around the
swimming pool at Burr Oak. In fact, there is still a painting of Jeff’s
(completed in the early 80’s) displayed on the outside wall of the Sunshine
Shop on Putnam Ave.
In 1986 he began his outdoor advertising career, working for Barnes
Advertising as their “sign painter”. He painted signs from 4’x8’ in size to
15’x85’. He painted many different designs for a variety of clients, including
a portrait of Emmet Smith for an advertisement for Larry Wade Ltd.
As technology progressed, the sign painting opportunities diminished,
leaving him without a creative outlet. It wasn’t until the summer of 2010
that he began to try his hand at oils. Most of Jeff’s early pieces were of
landscapes and seascapes, demonstrating his unique ability to capture
depth and lighting.
Today, he is drawn to scenes of New Orleans and other
streetscapes which allows him to try new techniques and styles.
Now retired from Barnes Advertising, he focuses his time on his four
passions… his wife Maryjane, golfing, painting and entertaining his six cats!