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My Early Influences

While I am hard at work today on my new Eleven Mile Canyon Collection, I thought I would take the time to share a little bit about me.

 

Growing up I was influenced by impressionist art - my Grandfather was a western artist. He was a student of James Colt and renowned impressionist Sergei Bongart, who studied in the tradition of the Russian masters including Nicolai Fechin. Surrounded by art, I never questioned that one day I too would become an artist, as the path seemed natural to me. It's taken many years to hone my skill and discover my voice with lots of lumps and bumps along the way. 😯

 

You keep me going friends. I am so excited when you respond to me. Every message from you in my inbox is so, so exciting! Seriously! I just wanted to take this moment to shout a HUGE thanks, and to encourage you to reply to me with ideas on what content you’re loving and what you want to see more of! I can’t WAIT to hear back! 😀

 

Join the waitlist for first access to The Eleven Mile Canyon Collection available October 28th at 12 noon MST. Link in Bio! Originals are one of a kind so mark your calendar! 🔔

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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.