Shirley Thomas

Thank you for coming to this page about me, M. Shirley Thomas, A.F C.A. I am a visual artist in the Fraser Valley of BC.

I have painted on and off all of my life. As a child, I only had a small box of watercolors so that is what I used. Then, when I lived in Northern Alberta, I sent to Eaton’s catalogue for a small kit of oil paints. Little did I know then that the oil paints were the start of a later life journey.

In 1972, I started seriously painting. My first painting sold in 2 months. My cousin, also an artist was thrilled. She said that in Portland, where she lived, a starting artist never sold anything for 2 years. I was lucky to get a good start.

Over the years, I took workshops at Fraser Valley College, In France, at FCA Vancouver, in Portland, in Kelowna, at Garabaldi Art club in Maple Ridge, Mission Artists Association, and in White Rock.

Soon I was painting every day and showed my work with several art clubs. Later, several galleries, including as far away as Toronto, Corner Brook, Nfld and Calgary sold my work. I even sold, via the internet, a painting to one of the famous Swiss guards at the Vatican in Rome. Now don’t think that I made a lot of money because there was always supplies and frames to buy.

In 2010, I was lucky enough to receive signature status with the Federation of Canadian Artists, an international organization based in Vancouver, B.C.

I still paint every day if I can, but can’t do the long hours that I previously could, Most of my artwork is done in acrylics, where I can start and stop.

Most of my work is landscape art and sometimes some animals in the mix. The original wall art is done on canvas using acrylic paints.

Shirley Thomas at work


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