Artist Bio

Combining a love of photography with professional experience in graphic design, I created these original images and powerful words to evoke the inspiration and connection she finds in everyday objects. For me, this is a way to help people heal and support each other, while expressing myself creatively.

I’ve worked in many medias like painting, folk arts and collage, but Alan, my younger brother, provided the influence and equipment for this incredible creative outlet. After working professionally in photography for 25 years, Alan passed away suddenly in 2010. Thanks to him, I’ll never use anything but a Nikon...

Inspirational images and evocative words are offered as frameable posters or greeting cards for birthday, sympathy, graduation, showers, love, and encouragement, in vibrant color. Fundraising partnerships, corporate logo placement, customized text and commissioned photos are encouraged as a way to “spread the word.”

Friday, June 1, 2012

Newest Creations

Saturday, May 19, 2012


Bokeh. Noun. Definition: a Japanese term for the subjective aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas of a photographic image. Spoons at the antique mall, regular view and macro view, with bokeh.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


People keep suggesting different places I could go to take pictures. That's great and all, but my house is filled with so many wonderful and interesting things to shoot right here. This is part of my jewelry collection display on my dresser. And yes, I did make some of those beaded necklaces. I'm so wildly talented, that I also make my own jewelry.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Lawrence Farmers' Market

I created postcards from these images to support and sustain the Lawrence Farmers' Market. My favorite is the "spicy dino."

Lap Dog

Can't you just see this guy straddling you on the couch, staring you down, then settling into your warm spot after he got you to leave? He was very stoic when I got in close to take his picture at the Fiddling and Picking contest.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Fraiser Hall Flags

Went on campus yesterday to shoot a collection of alphabet letters on the buildings. Still working on those, but caught the Fraiser Hall flags while I was there. This may be my new postcard design!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Final Friday Exhibit

Spent the night setting up my posters and cards, along with some origami boxes and mixed media collages. The show is tomorrow from 6-9pm. I'm excited and nervous at the same time... (Photo by John Clayton).

Monday, February 6, 2012

February 2012 Card and Poster Designs

I finished a new set of posters over the weekend. It's been a long time coming. Some of the photos were from last summer. Added three more "We Are Connected" images (my favorite theme), and two humorous pictures with Steve Wright quotes. See more on my Flickr page: Shala's Flickr Stream

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Country Bridal

Haven't decided what words (if any) to pair with this photo: Western Wear? To Have & To Hold? Papa, don't shoot?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

KU Moses

I want to add words to this latest addition to my University of Kansas campus photos, but I can't think of anything appropriate....yet.

Lawn Chair Security

I've been working with watercolors and found papers since Christmas, but I came back to this photo taken last fall. My neighbor has a big community "burn" of leaves and twigs. These are the chairs he pushed together for the clean-up afterward. The dog had just had a litter of pups and was very curious about everything happening on the other side of the fence.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Magical Christmas Card

This is one of my brother's photos, taken on a summer's day in Florida using an infrared technique. A Florida boy his whole life, he experienced his first snow on a vacation with me and Sameah in Chicago one Thanksgiving. This photo shows off his amazing skills at composition and technique.

Monday, November 21, 2011

9 new holiday cards!

I've been energized this holiday season! I finished nine new holiday cards in record time. AND I'm selling them at a big discount. My regular cards are $5/each, but these are $4/each. 

And since I'm not the only one that only puts a stamp on an envelope only one time a year, I'm selling a set of 5 for $16 and a set of 10 for $30.

Email me to order some. I can also create personalized messages! 

I can hardly wait for the holidays and time at home with my art board!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Sparkling Christmas

Went with friends to Nell Hill's in Atchinson, Kansas, this afternoon. Now I want every Christmas to be a sparkling Christmas!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Holiday Inspiration

This is my favorite holiday decoration and makes a lovely holiday card.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Soaring Hawk

I left this one without a watermark so you can download it and use it as computer wallpaper. I'll add it to my site in multiple sizes, as well as mobile sizes, too.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Meerkat Sees the Light

One of my favorite photos from my Sunday at the Kansas City Zoo. I never saw what he was looking at, but whatever it was, he loved looking at it.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Storm Cloud Line

Portentous front of storm clouds moving fast over the bridge into Lawrence, Kansas, just in front of the construction site by the dam.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New Artist Bio

I had no idea how hard it was to write an artist bio. Here's the new one I wrote for my show at Mirth going up tomorrow.

Friday, August 19, 2011


Took this photo at the Lawrence Farmer's Market. Almost called it "concentric resonance," but that seemed too literal :-)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Going/Coming/Home show

I'm dropping two prints off at the Lawrence Percolator for their Going/Coming/Home show. I'm very excited to have been accepted into it.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

This one is for my mom.

My mom asked me to send her prints of Alan's three images I've worked up so far: the soaring eagle, the seagull, and breaching whale. I'm working on Alan's lighthouse next and thinking of my mom the whole time.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


I've been wanting to work with this photo for a long time. It's a sunrise from the deck of my office building. One of the very first pictures I took with Alan's camera.

Friday, July 15, 2011


DSC_0051 by ShalaDesigns
DSC_0051, a photo by ShalaDesigns on Flickr.

The name of this garden, show in a sculpture in sign language, was hung under the bridge at the Overland Park Arboretum. It was a lovely effect, nearly hidden in the shadow.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Kansas Lawnchair

Jean Philips told me that her horses are her favorite lawn-art. So, I'm guessing this must be her favorite lawnchair.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Coherence = HeartMath

I put this poster up in my bedroom to help me meditate. It reminds me of my HeartMath coherence meditation. If you're not familiar with HeartMath go here:

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Dead Frisbee

Dead Frisbee by ShalaDesigns
Dead Frisbee, a photo by ShalaDesigns on Flickr.

I was invited to my friend's KSDS puppy trainer party with labs and golden retrievers ranging from 6 to 16 months old. "Sparks" was especially fond of this soft frisbee. He shook it and broke it's neck everytime he caught it.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Inside Danforth Chapel

DSC_0080 by ShalaDesigns
DSC_0080, a photo by ShalaDesigns on Flickr.
The inside of Danforth Chapel at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Submitted to "warm light" group in Flickr.

Baker Wetlands: Lawrence, Kansas

Taken at dusk in the newest part of the Baker Wetlands, these cattails were just off the lovely wooden bridge being built there. The slightest breeze, frogs and birdcalls made me feel like I was miles away from Lawrence, even though we were still in town.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

New iPhone and Android wallpapers added

Just added new wallpapers for widescreen, iphone and android wallpapers. This photo was taken in the new section of the Baker Wetlands. Share the love!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

FREE Computer Desktop Wallpaper

Check out the new computer desktop wallpapers you can download for FREE from my website! This photo taken outside my backdoor is only available as a wallpaper, right now, but I love the cool blue colors:

Sunday, July 3, 2011

These penguins from the Omaha Zoo reminded me of the moment after everyone lined up to take one big family portrait at the reunion, then couldn't get away from each other fast enough.