Shirley Hales

Shirley began her professional art career in 2001 in the Washington, DC area.

Proficient in numerous art mediums her medium of choice is watercolor. Shirley’s preferred subjects include landscapes, brilliant sunsets, nautical scenes and wildlife that express her enjoyment of nature and passion for artistic realism. Her award-winning art is featured in major publications, exhibitions, and galleries from New Jersey to Florida. Commission work includes watercolor illustrations for a world-wide public relations firm, local businesses, and collectors.

Shirley is the Founder of Harbour View Gallery, Cape Coral, FL, a member of COCO Gallery (Bonita Springs, FL), Chestertown River Arts (Chestertown, MD) and the Working Artists Forum (Easton, MD).

In 2010 she was nominated for the Southwest Florida annual Angels of the Arts, Arts Organization Leader of the Year Award for creating Harbour View Gallery and spearheading the first annual 2010 “Paint the Cape” plein air competition and exhibition. She was one of seven Cape Coral artists selected for the 2013 Alliance of the Arts Annual Art Studio Tour.

In 2018, she was juried in among 40 selected artists to participate in the prestigious Plein Air Easton Local Color exhibition in Easton, Maryland.

Shirley is a teaching artist at the Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers, FL and for Women of Watercolor, Naples, FL.

Shirley and her husband David maintain residences in Cape Coral, Florida and the eastern shore of Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay.