Artist Shirley Quaid

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Collectors Say:

"I am enthalled by the artist's ability to remove the social masks of her subjects and portray emotion in its purest form. The resolute nature and spirtual strength of "Arizona Madonna" is palpable. Feeling the paradoxical pull of strength and tenderness draws one to "Heartbeat". Clearly Shirley Quaid's figurative paintings transcend the visual and connect directly to the soul." - Julie Lapacka

Other Artists Say:

"Her soul comes through in all her work. Even her landscapes have mood to them." - Vickie Voelz
"Shirley has come into her own unique style that sings of light and motion yet still allows the viewers mind to fill in the ample detail. Bravo!", - Stella Violano
"Your paint horses are beautiful and your cowboys and Indians are lively! All filled with emotion❤️ Well done! " Kelly Pennington




Artist Statement
Most days you will find me in my new studio west of Wynnewood happily mixing oils, painting, scraping revealing layers and bringing my visions to life on canvas and panels.
I am fascinated with the spirit of living beings, both human and not,  and am happily surprised and delighted when I can reveal their life’s light in my work.
Heart tugging scenes, character lines, life lived long, if not well, these are things that pull me in and keep me painting.



A child of Oklahoma. Shirley has lived in numerous states as an adult but the trail always led back to home, Oklahoma. Her early upbringing on her grandfather's farm in her formative years had a great influence on her work.
She began painting after her children were raised and had her first studio in the back of her husband's offices in Wewoka, Oklahoma. 
Her first taste of art instruction was at Seminole College. When the class got to oil painting, she knew she had found her medium.
Her childhood fascination with all things in the 1880's fueled her eventual concentration on Western Art. She says, "Who knew that all of those Saturday black and white cowboy movies would have such an effect on my life?". 
Rural Oklahoma called her back in 2016 where she can be found on a daily basis in her studio happily painting images of the people of the American frontier in a representation style.
Shirley's art is in collections internationally and throughout the United States. 

2003 Best of show                                    Holdenville Society of Painters and Sculptors
2006 2nd place                                           Lone Star Art Guild Convention
2008 Peoples Choice                               Kingwood Art Society Fall Show
2009 2nd and 3rd place                            Lone Star Art Guild Convention
2009 Peoples Choice                               Kingwood Art Society Spring Show
2012 Best of Show                         [...]

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