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About Me

My Dad was in the Canadian military while I was growing up, which meant moving often across Canada. He was also posted to Europe with NATO, which gave me the chance to live in Europe for 6 years as a teenager.

My parents made it a project to explore each European country with extended car trips, My formative years were filled with landscapes whizzing by, viewed from the back seat of a car. These memories still influence my art today.

Everywhere we travelled, museums, churches, castles and parks were a big part of the journey. These experiences heightened my appreciation of beauty and stirred in me, an insistent desire to create art.

After university studying marketing and business, I settled in Toronto where I continued to study and create art independently. The constant travel growing up probably made me a bit unconventional. Rather than completing a BFA or MFA, I stuck to my own path with art courses I resonated with.  

After a successful career in Toronto as a documentary film producer, I moved to Windsor, Ontario in 1991 to begin painting full time. Windsor gave me easier access to the United States along with more affordability. Every day, I'm grateful to get up and go to work in my dream studio - a large, light-filled warehouse with tons of space.

My paintings have been collected and exhibited internationally in both gallery and museum exhibitions. I also have extensive experience collaborating with interior designers and art consultants, which is always fun.

Important international projects include site-specific commissions for a private jet lounge, and an award-winning 127-foot yacht in the Virgin Islands.

New Era Portfolio and Gallery Direct in Texas, licence a curated selection of my artworks for fine art reproductions for Interior Designers and major Home Furnishing Retailers.

In addiition, over the 25 year span of my art career, I've won several Art Grants and Awards including several Ontario Arts Council Grants, Windsor Endowment for the Arts and Elizabeth Havelock Foundation Award. It was also an honor to receive a Letter of Recognition from Canadian Prime Minister Harper.


 

Award winning painter, Shirley Williams

 

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