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.