Artist Bio

Queen "Shy" Gardner owner/Artist -The Queen Of Arts

I'm an artist living in my hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada. Although I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, I have called Las Vegas home since the age of 8.

Art has always been my passion but I was encouraged to pursue another career path growing up. While art remained my first love, I ultimately obtained degrees in engineering, business administration and finance.

After turning to art therapy in 2017 to overcome a loss, I rediscovered my passion for painting. Then committed myself to my childhood dream - becoming an artist.

I've exhibited artwork  January 2018 until June 2019 in AW Gallery in The Arts Factory (in downtown Las Vegas). My artwork has been exhibited in the New Orleans Art Association 2018 Art show in New Orleans, Louisiana and the 2018 Sugar Rush Art Festival in Sugarhill, Georgia.

I'm also a proud member of the Las Vegas and Boulder City Artist Guilds. I enjoy participating in art competitions and expos hosted by both guilds and other organizations across the US (and abroad).

In July 2019, I opened Queen of Arts Studio and Gallery!! My working Studio is located in the rear of the space and a Gallery showroom (for myself and local artists) to exhibit work is located in main portion of the space. 

The Queen of Arts

About My Artwork

Pet Portraits

I have made the decision to focus mainly on pet and wildlife portraits. There is something special about capturing the character of each beloved pet for their adoring owner to cherish. I lovingly paint these pets and am truly honored when my clients choose me. My style is realistic but I try to keep the charming painterly look to each portrait. 

Seascapes, Florals and Feminine Figurative Paintings

My colorful art, skating between Impressionism and Realism, is inspired by many things. My love of serene seascapes, vibrant flowers, and tranquil garden scenes make up much of my work and will always be an inspiration. 

My art has evolved to include work that celebrates women and girls. More specifically strong women, mothers, young girls and the bonds they share.

You'll find the mother/daughter bond being depicting repeatedly. You'll also notice that I love to capture the innocence of young girls doing everyday things such as picking flowers or walking in a field of flowers.

I have found so much inspiration and soul deep satisfaction in using the strength of my acrylic/oil mediums to bring my subjects to life. My sincere hope is to connect to women/girls by creating art that speaks to their hearts.

Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite...