Shirley is a Visual Artist based in Barwon Heads, Victoria who is passionate about the environment and capturing the beauty of nature through her selection of the environment’s objects.
The attraction of the perfect structure in Nature is not what appeals to Shirley, it is when Nature ages, when crinkles form, colours fade, blemishes appear, wrinkles develop and graceful shapes evolve. This is what gives Nature’s forms its beauty, it tells a life story. The imperfect becomes perfect, the ordinary becomes extraordinary!
Combining inks or oils, graphite and charcoal on her preferred substrates of drafting film or canvas enables Shirley to create a translucent matrix of aged natural elements to evoke a sense of tenacity and resilience as well as a gentle delicacy. The viewer is invited to contemplate ideas of fragility and ephemerality through nature’s aged patterns and ultimately feel a sense of responsibility to nurture and protect our environment.
Shirley has participated in a number of solo and group exhibitions and has been a finalist in several art prizes namely the Wyndham Art Prize, Stanthorpe Art Prize and the Macquarie Emerging Art Prize. This year Shirley has a solo show in July at Projectspace, Gallerysmith, showcasing the endangered Moonah Tree native to her coastal location.