1980 - Bachelor of Arts, University of Maryland/College Park 1980
1982 - Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Communications, Kean University, Union, NJ
1984 - Master of Arts, New York University
Prior to my career as a full-time artist, I worked in medical education and as a freelance medical writer, producing articles on health and medicine for specialty journals and popular magazines. My interest in the arts, however, goes back to my childhood, where I developed a love for drawing, painting and photography. Art history and basic fine arts were a part of my formal education, along with the sciences.
My continuing art education has included study in faux finishing and faux marble techniques, trompe l'oeil painting, and ornamental grisaille painting with internationally-recognized decorative painter Pierre Finkelstein at the Pierre Finkelstein Institute of Decorative Painting in New York. Soon after our four children started school, I established Masterworks Decorative Painting, LLC, a decorative arts company specializing in custom mural painting and painted decoration. I studied drawing and painting techniques used by the Old Masters under the personal tutelage of award-winning Georgian artist/iconographer Niko Chocheli in Doylestown, PA for several years during that time. I credit Chocheli with inspiring my love for sacred art. Most recently, I've participated in classes and workshops concentrating on painting and drawing the human figure at Studio Incamminati , an atelier of contemporary realism founded by portrait artist Nelson Shanks in Philadelphia, PA.
My interest in stained glass as a medium for painting developed during this time as well. Through my involvement with the American Glass Guild , whose mission is to provide educational experiences and share knowledge in the "flat glass" arts, I learned much about the history of design and composition in architectural glass, as well as glass painting and window construction. I was pleased to serve on the Board of Directors of the AGG for several years, and as its President from 2014-2016.
My new company, Schelkun Studio Arts, LLC, reflects my varied interests in stained glass design and painting, as well as fine art painting, but I now focus my work so that it reflects my faith and desire to serve the Church as a Catholic artist. Recently, I joined the Associated Crafts & Willet Hauser Architectural Glass Studio as an Art Development Consultant, with the aim of assisting Catholic parishes in the development of new stained glass window designs.