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Shirley Parish

Francesco Clemente, an Italian painter, said that “painting is woven cloth.”
I feel the same. I use an idea, and I weave the influences around me. The sky from my inner conscience. Remembering cloud images and their formations and feeling of beauty around me, a sense of wonder. The birds created from found photos become muses for my imagination.

“Discovery of the Impressionists and Expressionists was the beginning of a lifetime of painting. Seeing the word of Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Gustave Renoir and the entire history of their time and the familiarity of the working relationship to myself made my imagination soar. They set me free to paint. I received a degree in Art Education in 1969 and began teaching immediately. This allowed me to paint and further my art education receiving a M.A. in Painting from Wayne State University. My paintings exude the feeling of the air around me. Familiar images such as trees and clouds enthralled the chemistry in my surroundings. As with the River, MI, and Huntington Woods, MI. Her works have been in public and private art collections both in the United States and abroad.