Graduate music and art high school, 1943.
Art director, Irving Serwer Advertising, New York City, 1938-1942; draftsman, Anaconda Copper Mining Company. New York City, 1943; with, United States Navy, 1943-1946; art director, George Elliot Advertising, New York City, 1946-1947; art director, Silberstein Goldsmith Advertising, New York City, 1947-1949; art director, Weintraub Advertising, New York City, 1949-1950; various positions for other firms, 1950-1953; freelance illustrator and fine art painter, Brooklyn, 1953-1962; fine artist, portrait painter, master carpenter, Massachusetts, since 1962. President Shelly's Jentimnel Corporation, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, since 1982.
Chairman group to restore and preserve Brooklyn Heights (New York ) Association, 1959-1962. Chairman Planning Board, Alford, Massachusetts, 1966-1967. Union organizer longshoremen Brooklyn Docks, Red Hook, 1953-1954.
Member Committee for Nuclear Disarmament, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, since 1985. With United States Navy, 1943-1946.
Married Christina Willebeek-Le Mair, (divorced 1975). Children: Jennie Aafje, Timothy Pip, Nellie Wren.