Shirley blends her enjoyment of nature with her passion for artistic realism to produce fine art paintings of a wide range of subjects. Her paintings of landscapes and nautical scenes capture an array of moods through skillful use of bursts of color for brilliant sunsets and sunrises and subtle applications of paint resulting in atmospheric depth and drama. Attention to detail brings wildlife and waterfowl to life and arouses the senses when viewing her still life creations.
After retiring from a corporate career, Shirley received most of her formal art training in the Washington, D.C. area where she studied with some of the most prominent artists in the country. Her award-winning work has been featured in major publications, appears regularly in juried exhibits in the US and is held in private and corporate collections around the world. Shirley has produced watercolor illustrations for a world-wide public relations firm and local businesses. She accepts commissions to create custom artwork for her clients.
Shirley is the Founder and Past President of Harbour View Gallery located in Cape Harbour Marina South, in Cape Coral. She was the driving force behind the first annual 2010 Paint the Cape plein air competition and exhibition. She was nominated for the Southwest Florida 2010 Angels of the Arts, Arts Organization Leader of the Year Award for her work with Paint the Cape and the Harbour View Gallery. The Alliance for the Arts selected Shirley as one of seven Cape Coral artists for the 2013 Annual Art Studio Tour.
She teaches watercolor classes at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers, Florida.
Her artwork can be seen and purchased at the Harbour View Gallery, Cape Coral and COCO Art Gallery in Coconut Point, Estero, Florida.
In 2018, Shirley was juried into the prestigious Local Color Exhibit in Easton, Maryland as part of the Plein Air Easton Competition and Exhibit.
Shirley and her husband David reside in Cape Coral, Florida and maintain a home on Maryland's Chesapeake Bay.