Welcome. My work has evolved from a rich background of realism to a passion for colour, texture and space which is translated through the use of mixed media watercolours, oils, soft pastels and drawing media in a form of abstract representation.
This turning point was realized during a visit in Nez Perce country in northern USA in the late 80s. I returned home with a new spiritual connection to my art which changed my life in every aspect and set me on a journey which I continue today.
Shirley was born in Montreal, Quebec where she studied Fine Arts for two years while in her teens. She completed her studies in British Columbia after four years at Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design (formerly Vancouver School of Arts). Later she achieved her BFA at the University of Victoria in British Columbia while studying psychology.
Shirley presently draws her inspiration from traveling and from the textures and expansive prairie land and sky of Saskatchewan, where she lives in a small community with her husband, two dogs and horse. She also enjoys teaching art to teens and adults in her studio.
In June, 2010 she achieved an honourable mention for five pieces in Yorkton, Saskatchewan’s Prado II show.
Other juried exhibits include the prestigious Sooke Show in Sidney, British Columbia, and two Images and Objects Exhibits. Her work has also been shown independently as well as cooperatively in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island where she has received several awards.
Her paintings and photographs can be found in personal collections in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria, Canada.
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Copyright notice: All images presented on this site are fully protected by Canada and International copyright laws, all rights reserved. These images were solely produced by Shirley McMahon and may not be copied, reproduced, manipulated in part, in whole or in anyway, without written permission of Shirley McMahon.
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