Shirley's background is as an Art/Textiles secondary teacher. She grew up on a farm in the Western District and her love of nature, landscape and history, in particular respect for those who fought for our country, is evident in her work.
\nShirley paints with stitches using free motion machine embroidery as well as 'Confetti' quilting, with tiny pieces of fabric, representative of Impressionist painting. She also uses the machine as a drawing tool, to create geometric buildings combining stitch with paint in mixed media work. Shirley's work has been presented in several newspapers and also the Textiles magazine.
\nExhibitions: SWAC - Austin Health, Barwon Water Catchment Exhibition - COPACC, 45 Downstairs Gallery Melbourne - As part of Anna Taylor's exhibition 'Home Sweet Home', Art Is - Book Exhibition, Wangaratta Stitched Up Textile Festival, Queenscliff Neighbourhood House Gallery, Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne