Shirley Jeane began painting on a full time basis after a successful career in computer science and technical management in order to fulfill a lifelong dream of developing her creative skills. She has studied art at the Bemis School of Art, the Loveland Academy of Fine Arts, Pasadena City College and under various art instructors. She has a BA from the University of Texas and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
She represented the United States on the People to People cultural exchange program with China. She is a signature member, Treasurer, and past President of the Nevada Watercolor Society, a signature member of the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, a member of the Boulder City Art Guild and was treasurer of the Henderson Art Association. She teaches beginning/intermediate watermedia on a regular basis.
Shirley also consults in graphics arts, multimedia and computer technology used in the production and marketing of art objects. A particular interest is the introduction of digital technology for capturing reference photos, producing archival prints and producing marketing materials.
Shirley enjoys commissions for portrait, landscape and still life paintings where she strives to capture the character and personality of the subject. Her paintings are displayed in galleries and numerous art shows.
I believe that art is not complete until the viewer is drawn into the experience the artist is portraying. Each of my paintings has a story behind it that expresses a moment in time, however brief, that prompts the viewer to reflect, remember and exhale in recognition. I strive to capture the delight, beauty and mystery that exists in every aspect of life.
I follow a process that begins with an idea I wish to express and ends with a painting that is meant to grow in the eye of the beholder. It is this journey that captures my mind and soul and fills the void I feel inside when I am not creating.
Each painting starts with a concept and thumbnail sketches and moves to a composition that is captured in photographs from numerous angles. I produce both value studies and color studies to insure I understand the subject well. Then I create a full-scale drawing and transfer it to the painting surface. By the time I get to painting I have worked with the subject extensively and know it in intimate detail so I can concentrate on color chemistry and technique to produce quality paintings that will maintain their luminosity and brilliance over time. With the availability of artist’s computer tools I now use digital tools to plan my traditional paintings and to plan and execute my digital paintings.
I hope you will enjoy my paintings and experience the wondrous moments in time we all share as human beings, but do not always stop to appreciate as they occur. God gives us many chances to rejuvenate our spirit. I hope my paintings will be another channel for that most personal experience.