We had the good fortune of connecting with Scott Shellstrom and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Scott, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
We are all “starting our own businesses” these days. In the near future, there will be more independent contractors then employeeses. It is a natural progression to consult as you become a thought leader at the peak of your career.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Here’s what my bio reads, “Scott Shellstrom’s work has hung in the top Galleries and Museums in the country. He was a VP Creative in advertising on Madison ave. Always creating visually striking work. You can now buy the originals or prints of his work for the first time. He graduated with a BFA in Visual Communications from Northern Illinois Uni., Specializing in the fields of art history, photography, drawing, design and painting. After graduating, he was hired as an Art Director for a major Chicago advertising agency. Four years later, he moved to NYC to serve as a Creative Director with a number of advertising’s top agencies. Shellstrom painted while maintaining his full-time position. His first NYC exhibition was in 1990 at Soho’s UOLO. In 1991 his work appeared at one of NYC’s most prestigious galleries of realistic works, Gallery Henoch. Soon he was commissioned to paint for various Hollywood notables, including Burt Reynolds and John Larroquette. In 1996, Shellstrom moved to Venice, California. He was selected to appear in Armand Hammer Museum’s “Emerging Artists” show in 1997. In 1999 LA County Museum Art & Sales Gallery selected Scott’s “Trash” series to hang on it’s fabled walls. Next he painted “Venice. Where the city meets the sea” paintings that reveal the dichotomy of the beach’s beauty and the grit of urban life. He now lives in Encinitas, CA painting beach themed paintings and commissions”
As a creative thought leader, I travel internationally to speak on how to “Unleash Your Inner Da Vinci™”. It’s an energetic keynote and interactive experience that motivates audiences to uncover their hidden problem-solving abilities to achieve success in business and personal life. It ignites the creative force in everyone with moving, rarely heard stories about Leonardo da Vinci, laugh-out-loud improvisational comedy and masterpiece paintings done in four minutes. I will even paint their CEO if they want.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
One of my ways of staying creative is making sure to always create new experiences. Having said that, it would be a combination of all things Southern Californian.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I grew up learning disabled with what we know now as Dyslexia. Back then I was just the “stupid kid” getting failing grades and not applying myself. In highschool, I had 2 teachers (Marianne Matthews and Jean Moran) that gave me the positive reinforcement I never had. They made me feel I had something to contribute. Their support has followed me still today and I am truly grateful to these wonderful women!