Project Description

Shirley Stirling:

I love art and want to do everything! Unfortunately, life is too short! I now work with oils in a ‘green’ way – walnut oil and no turpentine. I balance that with ink and watercolor with a natural line.

I am a social worker by profession and have traveled worldwide, including Peace Corps Service, Solomon Islands. I now pursue art in earnest, from landscape to portraits to still-life, watercolor to oil. I prefer vintage technique and materials. I have delved into pre-WWII sources including the 1940’s Student’s Art League of New York (Kimon Nicolaides) and also Victorian books of method. I love British water colourists. I love a fresh brush stroke and an organic line.

It is said that both good fiction and good art are lies that tell the truth. I think of that often and the world seems brighter after I create something that speaks my personal truth.