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SHIRLEY BALES FINE ART

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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My Painting Process -

Using primarily 19th century mediums and materials from esteemed boutique color makersI 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 to my past, what is, and what could be."

While I am primarily an oil painter. I am fluent in multi-media and use the materials that speak to me and best express the subject matter and emotion I hope to convey. I often make my own paint & mediums to achieve a particular effect. My methods are unique to me, and are the culmination of many years of classical training and experience.

I paint with an expanded impressionist palette using both transparent and opaque color to achieve lovely transparent washes juxtaposed with thick juicy impasto paint using the “mother color” conceptwhere everything has a little of every thing else mixed in to maintain color harmony. Inspired by John Singer Sargent, my favorite thing to do delicate washes over thick paint alla primaa technique that took me years to master.

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Eleven Mile Canyon

Now available! A new collection of original art by Shirley Bales Fine Art

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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!