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.”

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.