Originally from Tennessee, Shirley began her artistic development as an Interior Designer in Atlanta. As a space planner and designer, she often used the analogy of a room being much like the artist’s canvas. The composition of a painting and an interior space must have a balance of texture, contrast, shape and color.
Since discovering her passion for painting she has given it her full attention. Her travels to Europe, Mexico and South Africa have been the inspiration for much of her art. She loves the challenges of painting figures, still life and landscape. Her recent paintings using the pallet knife are examples of her love for moving and mixing paint on the canvas.
Though her career as an artist is short in comparison to some, she has lost no time to find and study under some of the best artists from coast to coast including Bill Davidson, Nancy Franke, Roseta Sandigo, Alice William, Dee Beard Dean, Kris Meadows and Marc Chatov. While studying with Susan Sarback, who trained under Henry Henche, Shirley realized how light affects color and began to paint with the radiant palette she now uses.
She is a member of Atlanta Fine Arts League, North Gwinnett Arts Association, The Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Cobb County Arts Center, Atlanta Artists Center and Brushstrokes Art Group. Her accomplishments include having her paintings accepted in juried shows as well as exhibited in many art shows in the Atlanta area.
Awards and Events
- Board Member of Atlanta Artists Center
- 2010 President Brushstrokes Art Group
- “Giraffes Four” took second place in the Atlanta Artist Center’s Dogwood Show, juried by Shane McDonald
- “Poppy Vase” was juried into Olde Town Fine Arts National Exhibition
- “Winter Sunset” and “Autumn Sun” were juried into the “Local Color” Show at Quinlan, by Entry Juror, Jean Westmacott
- “Autumn Sun” won Honorable Mention in the Quinlan “Local Color” Show, Awards Juror, Gene Coker
- “Giraffes Four” was juried into the South Cobb Arts Alliance Show, juror, Tommy Mew
- “Grapefruits? Oranges?” has been juried into the National League of American Pen Women’s “Reflections” Show, juror Mindy Spritz
- “Jug on Lace” was juried into Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art “Metro Montage VIII”