Mixed Media including love letters from Paris

18" x 24"


inspired by the poem "Valentine" by Josepha Gutelius




I write long letters to the dead  (you only know how heartfully),

in the woods, scratching the bark with my lonely fantasies, you

were always near, the one to decipher my messages. 

True, I would guide you, 

you couldn't have found your way alone. I wouldn't have 

wanted you to. I loved holding the secret. 


It's been thirteen years to the day since your last letter came, 

a forest fell out of the envelope, fire blew off the bush, you see

I do remember and handwriting like someone opening his veins.

The charms you enclosed ("spitted flames") looked like the rubies 

my mother piled on for shopping tennis anywhere anytime

she didn't give a hoot for propriety.

They kiss-kiss when I put them on.


But that's not what I wanted to say. I'm writing you because 

she died yesterday I think you should know that

she kept on asking me When for godsake you 

going to marry that boy 

so handsome and  lucky. 

I didn't have it in me 

to remind her you were dead.


So darling, should you meet her, I'm afraid 

you have a little explaining to do. 

I meant no harm by my deception, tell her that please, 

and let me know 

what she says because I hate to think this 

is something you can’t read.


— © Josepha Gutelius





Shelley Davis is an internationally exhibited artist eager to leap out on a limb.  She channels her passion for artistic diversity and out of the box materials into a fantasia of sensual imagery!  Davis' multi faceted creative approach incorporates materials for their beauty and potential, which then come alive in her mixed media paintings, altered art, photo-fusion, mobiles, talking sticks, art angels, jewelry and assemblages.  Imagination and heart abound in her magical studio, surrounded by a lush old world garden.


Davis' work has been exhibited world wide. She is well known for her avant garde "photo-fusion" (a union of photography, painting and sculpture). 


"To create from the soul, to have fun, to express, to share what I create with others, is the force that drives me.   Anything that can exist in life, can be recreated with beauty & wonder. As an artist I make constant decisions that bring life's beauty and wonder to a visual conclusion."


"Letters" Shelley Davis