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"Our beautiful beaches inspire many of my paintings. To feel like you can walk into a painting, feel the sand, the light breeze and see the waves crashing in. I like to think that the painting is like looking out the window at somewhere you would love to be. It hopefully makes people remember special days they have had enjoying the beach with their families.

"I adore old dinghies and I just love to imagine the adventures people have had in these beautiful boats. I attempt to make my paintings 3-dimensional so that you can feel like you want to climb inside the boat or stroll down the walkway."


Shirley is self-taught and has developed her own style and technique painting photo realism in acrylics and by applying paint in many layers she achieves a realist style that captures light in her work. 


She was selected to showcase her work for eight years in Wellington at the NZ Art Show as a signature artist. She is now represented exclusively by galleries. 

Shirley’s paintings are sought after by art collectors in New Zealand and internationally, with paintings in private collections in United States of America, Canada, England, Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.

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Established: With success in many exhibitions and galleries Shirley went full-time as an artist in 2012.

Location: Shirley is based in Hamilton, New Zealand. Her beautiful paintings are exhibited in galleries throughout New Zealand and in her home studio.

Awards: Shirley has won numerous awards for her paintings. In 2013, she won first prize at the Auckland Easter Show and the Cliftons People’s Choice award 2014 in Auckland.

Highlights: In 2015 Shirley created one of the giant egg artworks for the Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt to support Starship Hospital alongside New Zealand’s leading and emerging artists, designers and celebrities. Her egg, a beautiful beach and sand-dune panorama painting called “Dune Eggcursion” was on exhibit in Wellington and was proudly sponsored by Resene Paints, which sold by auction for over $5000.


Shirley Cresswell - Artist