Shirley Thomas is a Canadian artist living in Mission, B.C. She was born in Edmonton and was painting as a child. Later she took courses and workshops in Vancouver, Oregon, the Okanagan, and the Fraser Valley.
A graduate of the University of Alberta, she also holds a degree in Music from Toronto. Shirley has been painting seriously since 1974. She is a member of several art clubs and participates in their shows and is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and is a member of Oil Painters of America.
She works in oils, acrylics, watercolors, and mixed media. Her works are shown in her home, at art shows, and in galleries as far as Eastern Canada. She has works in private collections in North America, Japan, Europe, and Australia. She even sold a painting to one of the Swiss Guards at the Vatican in Rome.
The prominent people that Shirley has had lessons from include Kiff Holland, at the FCA classes, Neil Paterson, Ron Hedrick, Sharon Rickert, Peggy Staber (Fraser Valley College), Nancy O'Toole and Nita Leland.
She has also had workshops from Harry Heine, Brent Heighton, Gerry Thompson, Donna Baspaldy, Janice Robertson, Alan Wylie, Tony Onley, Byron Pickering, Mike Svob, Bob Rennie, and Robert Genn. In 2005, she went to France painting with Mike Svob and Bob Rennie.
As well as showing her paintings with the FCA, the Mission Artists'Association, the Garibaldi Art Club, the Fraser Valley Watercolor Society, and the Port Kells Art Club, Shirley has been in special shows such as "Winter Soltice", at the Maple Ridge Gallery, "Memories"at Maple Ridge Gallery, "Paint the Town"at Maple Ridge Gallery, the Peggy Staber Show at Mission Gallery in 2002,2003, and 2005, and the 37th and 38th Annual National Shows in Ocean Falls, WA.
Recently Shirley became a signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists which is based in Vancouver on Granville Island, but ot is an international organization.
Shirley has her own web site which is www.shirleythomas.ca
Her belief is that the ability to do art is a gift and, as such, has to be used. She usually paints every day.