Shirley Felts
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Born in Welch, West Virginia, Shirley grew up in the countryside near Corpus Christi, Texas. 
She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas, Austin in 1960,  
after which she studied graphic design at the California School of Fine Art, San Francisco. 
Shirley, her husband and family have lived in London since 1970.

Shirley paints in watercolour the landscapes of East Anglia, Cornwall, the Gulf and Hill Country of Texas
and South American rain forests. She paints richly layered, atmospheric still life subjects.
A long held interest in South American rain forests has influenced Shirley's work in recent years.
Concentrating on the density of colour and forms in the Amazon forests of Guyana and Brazil, she often includes
bright glimpses of colour when the forest breaks and light comes through to reveal flowering lianas, heliconias
and brightly coloured birds. She paints the light and reflections of forest rivers and lakes.

Her work is held in a number of public and private collections, including:
• The Offices of the President of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo
• The Offices of Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development, Georgetown, Guyana
• The Offices of Instituto de Pesquisas Ecologicas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
• Holloman-Price Foundation, San Antonio, Texas
• Bethlehem Steel
• Walt Disney Productions

Shirley has illustrated many books for both adults and children.  Her work has been published by The Art Group, Ltd,
in the form of posters, limited Giclee prints and cards which have been distributed worldwide.
   
  EDUCATION:
  BA of Fine Art, University of Texas
  Graphic Design, San Francisco College of Fine Art
   
  SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:
  The Empire Collection, New York
  Rockport Center for Fine Arts, Rockport, Texas
  The Old Fire Engine Houise, Ely, England
  St John Smith Square, London
  Anna Mei Chadwick Gallery, London
  Woodlands Art Gallery, London
  Washington Arts Centre, Cumbria
  LYC Museum, Cumbria
  Alex Gerrard Fine Art, East Sussex, England
  Nelson Rockefeller Gallery, New York
  Morrell Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  El Sol Gallery, Corpus Christi, Texas
  National Gallery, Georgetown, Guyana
   
  SELECTED GROUP SHOWS:
  The Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside, London
  The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
  The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, London
  Blackheath Concert Halls, London
  Singer Friedlander, RCA, London
  Open Studios, Rocque Lane, London
  LYC Museum, Cumbria
  Treg Aquarelle International, France
   
  PUBLICATIONS:
  Limited prints, posters and cards published and distributed worldwide
  Over 100 books illustrated on natural history, fantasy, and fiction for adults and children
  Conservation Book Award for THE BLUE WHALE
  THE GIANT PANDA selected for illustrated books Bienalle in Budapest
  O BRASIL do IPE, and THE IWOKRAMA RAIN FOREST, both books of paintings published following
artist in residence in Brazil and Guyana
  Commonwealth Secretariat publication, article on Iwokrama rain forest paintings
  Artists and Illustrators, article on rain forest paintings
   
  COLLECTIONS:
  Clare College, Cambridge
  King’s School, Ely
  Finbo Paper Company
  Bethlehem Steel
  London Artist’s Association
  Esso Petroleum
  Walt Disney Productions
  The Office of the President of Guyana (the late Cheddi Jagan)
  Instituto de Pesquisas Ecologicas, Brasil
  The Holloman-Price Foundation, Texas
  Private collections in USA, England, Japan, Australia, Guyana