The Road Less Traveled

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.

Curriculum Vitae

Shirley Bales (b. 1975, California)

2022 Gratitude, Kreuser Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO
2021  Gratitude, Kreuser Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO
2020  Gratitude, Kreuser Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO
2019  Bite Me-Works Inspired by Food, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, Colorado Springs, CO
2019  Solace-Women of the Trees, Kreuser Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO
2019  First Congregationalist Church Atrium Show, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, Colorado Springs, CO
2018  Reception Gallery Solo Show, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, Colorado Springs, CO
2018  7th Annual Plein Air Convention and Expo Show and Sale, Santa Fe, NM
2017  Alla Prima Westcliffe, Sangres Art Guild, Westcliffe, CO
2017  Plein Air Artists of Colorado Annual Event & Show, SAM Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, CO
2016  Victor Celebrates the Arts, Plein Air Event, Victor, CO
2016  Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Plein Air Show, Florissant National Monument Visitor's Center, Florissant, CO
2016  Honorable Mention, Littleton Plein Air, Depot Art Gallery, Littleton, CO
2015  Victor Celebrates the Arts, Plein Air Event, Victor, CO
2015  PAAC Annual Plein Air Event & Show Grand Lake, Plein Air Artists of Colorado, Grand Lake Gallery, Grand Lake, CO
2011  Land and Light, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Annual Juried Exhibition, Millicent Rodgers Museum, Taos, NM
2011  NM Art League Enchantment Award, Arts in the Parks, Albuquerque, NM
2007  Little Treasures, Tubac Center for the Arts, Tubac, AZ
2012-2014 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
1994-1998 Riverside Community College, Riverside, California

Plein Air Artists Colorado – Associate Member,  2015-Present
American Impressionist Society – Associate Member, 2019-2021
Plein Air Painter's New Mexico – Associate Member, 2010-2014
Tucson Plein Air Painter's Society –  Associate Member, 2003-2009
SOCAL Papa – Associate Member, 2000-2003


Shirley Bales




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Using primarily 19th century mediums and materials from esteemed boutique color makers—I have spent over 20 years developing my unique oil painting...

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I am excited to take part in the 2nd Annual “Gratitude” exhibit next month at Kreuser Gallery featuring over 150 local artists!   I have gratitude...

Testimonials of my Collectors

My wife and I hiked to Dream Lake on our camping trip to Colorado this year. This print arrived today and will be the perfect Christmas gift. Looks amazing.
My daughter's favorite view in Garden of the Gods! It was a gift for her and she loves it. Very nicely framed. Beautiful! Came quickly. Perfect on her wall. Love it!
Extremely beautiful. An impressionist to watch! Very nice seller and stress-free transaction. Packaged with great care.
This item was shipped very carefully, mounted in a high quality frame and is a thing of beauty. I couldn't be more pleased.