To participate in art is to celebrate life. My paintings reflect the places in which I’ve lived and traveled, my memories and imagination.
Art ventures have taken me to France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Japan, Israel; Jordan; China and in much of the U.S. Landscapes, skyscapes, historic buildings, and dramatic skies all inspire my watercolors, acrylics and oils.
I paint on location and in my studio. Quiet, intimate places or weather excite my creative juices. Combining travel with painting is a privilege. Teaching drawing and painting is a pleasure and a way of sharing training and experience.
3225 Keokuk St.
Butte, Mt. 59701
More about the artist
Born and raised in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana, Shirley and her family have always lived on a farm east of Corvallis. Shirley began painting with oils in 1984 and watercolor in 1995.
She enjoys plein aire painting along the rivers and in the mountains of the Bitterroot Valley as well as different areas of Montana. She likes to create small paintings. This gives her the ability to capture a moment and a place, a snapshot in time. Painting miniatures gives her the liberty to experiment with light, color and compositions.
Old homesteads and barns have great interest to Shirley, she says, “I like to imagine the lives of the folks that lived there. They represent a disappearing heritage of our country’s past.” In the summer of 2010 she had the opportunity to paint at Grant Kohr’s Ranch National Park at Deer Lodge, Montana with the Front Range Art Association.
Vickie Lynn Johnson MTWS Web Editor