In 1999, Shirley graduated from The University of Alberta with a Masters Degree in Art History. Since then she have focussed her artistic endeavours on landscapes, florals, and collage and assemblage pieces. Though her landscape and floral paintings are in a realistic style, they give expression not simply to the world around her, but to her relationship with that world and therefore express an inner as well as an outer vision. The collages and assemblages that she construct communicate an entirely inner vision.
The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Nitsitapi / Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/ Saulteaux/Anishinaabe. We also acknowledge all of the Indigenous, Inuit and Métis peoples who make Alberta their home today.