Custom Art


Commission a custom painting by artist Shirley Bales as the perfect way to commemorate special events, places, pets, your home and more! Your original mixed media watercolor and oil painting, will be on archival oil paper, framed in a contemporary frame as shown. Select 10"x10" square or 8"x10" in landscape or portrait format, with custom title and signature. Actual art size is approximately 5" depending on format selected. With my many years of experience and training to guide me, I will put all my effort into giving you my best work.

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.

the process

  • Purchase your custom painting. Then email me at and provide me a photo of the subject you would like painted along with your title, and frame choice.
  • After receiving your reference material, I will get to work. It will take a couple of weeks to complete and ship your custom painting, depending on the complexity. I will keep you informed through the process and send you a photo of the final painting prior to shipping for your approval. I offer a money back satisfaction guarantee on all my work.
  • I do accept requests for larger watercolor paintings in oil. If you are interested in a larger size, contact me and I can provide you pricing. Do you have a unique request? I would love to hear it!


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

"Thank you for the beautiful painting!! Prompt, excellent shipping"

"Artwork was better than the picture - excellent-"

"Beautiful painting. Love the realistic color and feeling. Thanks!"

"Talented artist; beautiful work; quick reliable shipping; the best. Thanks."

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

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

"Stunning original art. Excellent packaging. Fast shipping. Thanks!!"

"Extremely beautiful. An impressionist to watch! Very nice seller and stress-free transaction. Packaged with great care."

Copyright: In purchasing a portrait from Artist, Purchaser acknowledges that Artist retains the copyright to all works commissioned by Purchaser that was drawn or painted by Artist, including all reproduction rights and the right to claim statutory copyright.  No artwork may be reproduced or altered without the written consent of the Artist.  The Artist has the right to display a photographed image of the Artwork as a part of her portfolio, promotional pieces, her website, social media, or any other platform for the purpose of promoting her art business.  The Artist may also use the image to enter competitions and exhibitions, which may result in third parties using the image as part of their publications.  However, the Artist agrees to maintain the anonymity of the subject if requested by the Purchaser, the model, or by the legal guardian of a minor.


Shirley Bales Fine Art


Located in Cordera off Briargate Pkwy

Colorado Springs, CO 80924