Shirley says ”art is an important part of my life. Painting to me, no matter what the medium, is my passion because art is not only food for the eyes, but for the soul. Have you ever stood on the shore soaking up the sunset or admiring the sunlight slant across the grass, or the amber glow of autumn fields. These peaceful moments are never forgotten, and these moments are what I strive to capture when I paint. In fact, my painting style can be considered representational.”
Honors and Awards
She has lived out in the country in Elmore County all of her life where she is continually inspired by the beautiful countryside and lakes. Viewers often comment that my work conveys serenity. Through my paintings, I try to capture the essence of the beauty in the world around us. She has served two terms as President and treasurer of the Elmore County Art Guild, and is a member of the Montgomery Art Guild.
2015 Elmore County Art Guild Annual Show - First Place for ”Bridge Over the Coosa" and honorable mention for "Moonglow"
2014 two entries accepted into Energen Show
2014 Energen purchased ”Misty Morning" for their permanent collection
2014 ”Loading at the Locks" chosen to be a part of the Smithsonian Exhibit in Wetumpka, Alabama "the Way We Worked"
2014 First Place for Elmore County Annual Winter Show for ”Morning Memories”
2014 First Place at the Crater Art Contest in Wetumpka for "Where the Star Fell"
2013 shared exhibit at the Cary Center, Auburn University for six months
2013 One Woman Show & Reception at Moore Wealth, Montgomery
2013 Elmore County Art Guild Winter Show - honorable mention for ”Ravello Doorway”
2013 Associate Member of Women Painters of the
2012 Elmore County Art Guild Winter Show - honorable mention for ”After the Storm” and honorable mention for ”River's Edge”
2012 Selma Art Guild - second place for ”Sunset Fields II”
2011 Elmore County Art Guild Winter Show - Second Place ”Among the Bales”
2010 One Woman Exhibit at Capital City Club
2009 February - Elmore County Art Guild Show -
Purchase Award and Honorable Mention for Mixed Media ”Peony Perfection” purchased by First Community Bank.
2008 February - Four Artists Exhibit,Gallery One,Montgomery, Alabama
2007 Watercolor painting published in the Birmingham Sketchbook by Indigo Publishing
2007 Joined Gallery One in Montgomery, Alabama
2006 Elmore County Art Guild Show-Purchase Award-watercolor purchased by PrimeSouth Bank ”Bridge Over the Coosa”
2005 Elmore County Art Guild Show-Honorable Mention-Watercolor ”Stargazers”
2005 Three watercolors accepted in Montgomery and the River Region Sketchbook
2004 Elmore County Art Guild Show-Purchase Award-purchased by AmSouth Bank, Wetumpka, Acrylic painting ”LeFleurs” plus honorable mention
2001 Elmore County Art Guild Jasmine Hill Show-Second Place-Acrylic ”Musicale”
2001 Elmore County Art Guild Show-Purchase Award-purchased by AmSouth Bank Wetumpka ”Daisies"
1995 Juried into Annual Exhibition of the Montgomery Art Guild, Regions Bank Show
October 2012 traveled to Amalfi Coast, Italy for a ten day plein air workshop with Dee Beard Dean from Charleston, SC.
Three years of Commercial Art at Auburn University Montgomery
Continuing Education art classes at Auburn University Montgomery
Numerous art instruction workshops