Artist. What resonates with me, connects me to my past, what is, and what could be.

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The Prairie Collection

Original Art of The American Prairie

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The Prairie Collection

by Colorado Artist Shirley Bales

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About the artist

Shirley Bales, is a multi-generational painter. Shirley formally studied fine art under an accomplished forensic portrait artist and other notable illustrators from Art Center College of Design Pasadena in the 1990's. Shirley also attended workshops by acclaimed plein air painters, and exclusively painted outside for over 10 years to develop her acute color sensibility. Shirley attributes most of her technical knowledge to the Cennini Forum, comprised of forerunners of the Classical Realism Movement. Shirley has participated in multiple group and solo shows winning multiple awards and accolades over the years. Her work resides in hundreds of private collections nationwide. Shirley, now a resident of Colorado Springs, paints Colorado and beyond.

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"Fantastic painting. Best kept secret. Take note of this artist."

"Shirley's work is accessible, peaceful and on target. It is without pretense, boldy interpretive and technically perfect. Every home has a place on its wall for a Shirley Bales!"

Jon KhouryDirector Cottonwood Center for the Arts

"Exceptional impressionist, a talent of remarkable ability & true integrity."

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Why I Paint Outside

Why I Paint Outside

Driving down the newly opened faster toll route to the beach, I sang, sunroof open, at the top of my lungs to Los Lonely Boys Heaven and asked myself "how much farther is heaven?" With my newly purchased easel and paint bag in the back of my jeep, I didn't have a dime to my name—yet I was elated. I was escaping.  You see, we...

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In an Instant, Everything Changed

In an Instant, Everything Changed

It was a sunny day when we made our way to the annual Plein Air Artists Colorado Paint Out in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. As we pulled up to our campsite after a long drive, tents and gear in tow, we arrived at our campsite to learn our fire pit was surrounded by nearly a foot of water. It was a confusing scenario, as the weather...

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I Make My Own Frames

I Make My Own Frames

I hand make my own frames for my original art out of high quality real wood sourced from Colorado Lumber Specialties. Handmade and created with love, together with my framing team, we mill, miter and finish our real wood frames to perfectly fit the spirit of the original artwork. I find each piece of wood uniquely beautiful—with all it's variations and imperfections. I’ve been thinking...

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My Painting Process

My Painting Process

Using primarily 19th century mediums and materials from esteemed boutique color makers—I have spent over 20 years developing my unique oil painting process. Blending past knowledge with present day innovation, my work is a blend of classical methodology, impressionist palette and color theory, integrated into a modern day sensibility in both objective and non-objective forms. I primarily paint subjects that "resonate with me, connect me...

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