With a vivid use of colour, Shirley paints in a realistic/ethereal way, the images have a haunting dream-like quality.

Working with all vegan materials, from the size that seals the paper to the inks and brushes she uses, Shirley creates her work without animal cruelty, she feels she is honouring the spirit of the animals she depicts.

Shirley lets the ink flow across the paper to reveal the image in its own time as if the picture already exists on the page. Each painting can take up to 2 weeks to complete, with the im-age coming to life as the ink moves and dries, telling her where to apply the next layer.

Each of the animals she depicts is unique, Shirley feels she is just unveiling their character.