George Shively received his educational and artistic training in the Cleveland area. As a small child, he was driven to draw and paint constantly. He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a degree in Industrial Design. He also received a degree in Education from Case Western Reserve University and a Master’s degree in Education from Cleveland State University. He was a public school Art Teacher in northeastern Ohio for thirty years.
During his tenure as an Art Teacher, George exhibited his own work many times. Most of his paintings were nature scenes, including landscapes, exotic wildlife and old barns. He started painting realistic and fantasy murals in 1996. A few years later he started doing decorative paining of furniture in addition to his murals and commission work.
George gets his artistic inspiration from several sources. He has traveled to India many times to visit his spiritual teacher. While there, he photographed the foliage and ancient architecture. He has also photographed some of the mountainous regions and ancient architecture of China. During that trip, he gave a talk on coordinating group mural projects at the China U.S. Conference on Education.
George is an avid hiker. For many years before moving to Arizona, he visited the Tucson area and explored the Sonoran Desert and the mountainous terrain surrounding Tucson. He finds great inspiration in the Sonoran Desert and the varied landscape where the desert meets the mountains. His paintings are metaphysical dream-like visions of the southwestern deserts. He is also fascinated with the history of the American West and does unusual graphic linear drawings of old west characters.
George and his wife Diann, who is a Massage Therapist, moved from Ohio to Green Valley, Arizona in 2004.