A Michigan girl, Shell Stoll grew up in the country surrounded by forest and river. She loved horses, music, art, and being a tree-climbing tomboy. Always a ferocious reader of history, she discovered Albrecht Durer in her high school library one day. He gave her goosebumps; his work felt like it was painted yesterday. This discovery was the tipping point that moved her toward art as a career. Not long after that, she decided to move from farm life to city life to attain an illustration degree from Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, MI.
Today, Shell lives in a charming arts-and-crafts-style bungalow nestled in an old neighborhood in Hudsonville, MI. Inside, she shares her space with her longtime best friend, a Jack Russell named Ruth, a beta fish, a little blue finch called Bird, and lots and lots of plants.
Shell is inspired by all things nostalgic and simple, earthy color palettes, children, flora and fauna, animals, and a softhearted humor.