Shirley Peters

After studying for a Diploma of Fine Art at Randwick Tech (now COFA) and undertaking a further course in graphic design, Shirley Peters carved out parallel careers as a designer in the emerging technology of multi-media and as an illustrator of popular children's books.

Excelling in both fields, Peters reputation as an illustrator was cemented when she had a book shortlisted in the coveted CBC Book of the Year Awards in 1991; and as a graphic designer  when she won two Netscape web design awards 'What's New' and 'What's Hot', in the late nineties.

Despite this success, Peters felt something was missing from her life and in 1997 decided to "return to fine art" by enrolling in Still Life Oil Painting classes. Inspired by this course, more classes in Printmaking, Etching and Painting at the Julian Ashton and Sydney Gallery School followed ... and before long Shirley's third career as an exhibiting artist had begun.

In 2008 Shirley was listed as an "Artist to Watch" in Art Whats On. In 2009 she was Highly Commended in the Noel Chettle Art Award for Portrait and Life Drawing. And in 2010 she staged her first solo exhibition at the Brunswick Street Gallery in Melbourne.

In 2013 Shirley Peters had two pieces shortlisted for the NSW Parliament “En Plein Air” Painting prize and has spent the last six months producing a wonderful new collection of "En Plein Air" landscapes of Sydney harbour and foreshore. This collection will be on display at Gallery V from April 26 - May 20, 2014.

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