Shirley Bales Fine Art Exclusive


Eleven Mile Canyon Collection

I love nature. It's the place where I find balance, peace, solace, and renewal. Inspired by the seasons, the sound of the flowing water, I carry with me visions of wildflowers and the longing for freedom to roam and explore.

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Nature is Healing
Do you want to know a little secret???
Part of my painting process is to deep dive into the history of a place. This practice often humbles me, and helps me gain a renewed perspective on my life. Plus it’s SUPER interesting!
I invite you to pause and meditate on the enduring quality of the Canyon in a transitory world. I hope to acknowledge where we have been, and make peace with the past and move forward with renewed optimism.
In nature you can find traces of human interaction over time within the landscape. Eleven Mile Canyon, and the South Platte river that runs through it, was created by a manmade dam in the 1930's, to provide precious water to Denver. Several towns were submerged to watery depths in the process, in what is now Eleven Mile Reservoir. The people who resided there have long moved on. The river, unleashed from the dam above, washes down the canyon, revealing huge boulders that line the canyon floor. The dam is held up by the walls of the canyon, reminding me that we are stronger together.
Do you know a little history about Eleven Mile Canyon that you think I should know about?
Contact me here I would LOVE to hear it!
The Eleven Mile Canyon Collection will be available October 28th at 12 noon Mountain Standard Time. Join my email waitlist for first access. Originals are one of a kind so mark your calendar!

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Eleven Mile Canyon

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Shirley Bales, artist

Hi there! I'm Shirley. I am a multi-generational painter. 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 learned most of my technical knowledge from the forerunners of the Classical Realism Movement, and paint with historical mediums, primarily in oil. My work resides in thousands of private collections nationwide, and I am so grateful. Now a resident of Colorado Springs, I hope someday soon to take the show on the road in my new RV. Please come along for the ride!