About

MaryLou lives in the historic shore town of Ocean Grove, NJ. She owns a 2 family home which she shares with her sister, niece and several cats. Her practice with watercolor started as a child and eventually led her to art school. In 1987, she received a BFA in illustration from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. Her love for the medium was nurtured through Moore’s teachings of Chinese watercolor and traditional realism. As an illustration major, MaryLou landed an internship with the Philadelphia Zoo Graphic Art Department. Since graduating from Moore, she has worked as a freelance illustrator while keeping full time positions in advertising, graphic design and technical publications. Not only has her work been published in Victoria and N.J. Monthly magazines, her illustrations have been seen on the labels of Sorrell Ridge Preserves as well as other name-brand products. She also had the pleasure of designing menus for TropWorld and Foxwoods Resort Casinos. In 1994, MaryLou had her own one woman exhibit entitled "Victorian Watercolors" at The Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, N.J. She has also exhibited and sold her work through the Goldie Paley Gallery in Philadelphia as well as several galleries throughout N.J. For over 17 years, her custom designed artwork and murals were commissioned through Kidegories, a specialty children’s furniture and gift boutique in Shrewsbury, N.J. until the store's closing in January of 2016. Presently, MaryLou continues to enjoy painting, exhibiting, and designing artwork on a personal as well as freelance basis.

Awards

“Best in Show” Canterbury Art Show, Rumson, NJ

“Honorable Mention” Canterbury Art Show, Rumson, NJ

“The Ridgewood Art Institute Award” N.J. Watercolor Society, Middletown, NJ

“Best in Show” 2nd Annual Jersey Shore Art Show, Belmar, NJ

“Honorable Mention” Graphics 4, Philadelphia, PA

Exhibitions

Canterbury Art Show Juried Gallery at St. George’s-by-the-River, Rumson, NJ

75th Annual Open Juried Exhibition at The Middletown Arts Center, Middletown, NJ

74th Annual Open Juried Exhibition at The Middletown Arts Center, Middletown, NJ

Welcome Spring Exhibit at Upper Gallery at the Community House, Spring Lake, NJ

Canterbury Art Show Juried Gallery at St. George’s-by-the-River, Rumson, NJ

Canterbury Art Show Juried Gallery at St. George’s-by-the-River, Rumson, NJ

3rd Annual Statewide Juried Art Show at Belmar Arts Council, Belmar, NJ

2nd Annual Jersey Shore Juried Art Show at Belmar Arts Council, Belmar, NJ

NJ Chapter of American Artists Professional League at Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ

29th Monmouth Festival of the Arts at Monmouth Reform Temple, Tinton Falls, NJ

5th Annual Juried Open State Show at Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ

NJ Watercolor Society 54th Annual Exhibition at Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

Victorian Watercolors by MaryLou Shipman at Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ

Stars and Stripes Open Exhibition at Guild Of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ

Graphics 4 Exhibition at Goldie Paley Gallery, Philadelphia, PA