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Shirley Bales, artist

Hi there! I'm Shirley. While I was practically born with a paintbrush in hand, I formally studied fine art under an accomplished forensic portrait artist and other notable illustrators in the 1990's. My favorite thing to do is paint outside. I  paint in mixed media and oil and love color! My work resides in thousands of private collections nationwide, and I am so grateful.

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Colorado Prints

Archival giclee prints of Colorado by artist Shirley Bales.

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Zodiac Prints

May the color of your sign inspire you to live a more meaningful life, in harmony with your true direction.

Testimonials of my Collectors

We were blow away by the art! The framing, packaging detail and customer experience went above expectations!
Michelle
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Love the artwork! Looks great on my kitchen wall and is just what I wanted to capture the memories of our trip to Colorado. I also appreciated that the frames were matched to each other as requested.
Andrea
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I got this for a friend who is getting married there next month and she loved it! The watercolors are vibrant and just stunning. This beautiful piece was also packaged very carefully and arrived with no damage. I wanted to keep it for myself!
Bryana
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Absolutely beautiful!!! Will look amazing on my gallery wall and brings back such great memories of living in Colorado Springs!
Kelly
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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 had been perfect on the drive in? In hindsight, it was an ominous nod to events to come. We decided to move our campsite to higher ground. An act that would eventually make us—the last tent standing. The next day, after an exhausting (yet glorious) day battling bugs and sun while painting outside—we settled into camp to prepare dinner in our brand new REI screen house. It was then that I noticed small clouds forming in the distance. I had a passing thought "maybe a storm is brewing?" Then without notice, the wind picked up to 60 miles per hour. We held on to the screen house for dear life as it nearly flew away with us along with it! Then the stinging rain started . . . We were completely exposed to the elements and at nature's mercy. This battle persisted for over half an hour, and at the end of it, we were the last tent standing. Wet and exhausted, that was the day I decided to buy an RV . . .

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