(Painting, above, of me painting, by Jenny Pearce, my painting friend. #pearce5316)

Paintings and drawings mostly in acrylics and coloured pencil, en Plein air, from life and my surroundings. Hoping to capture what I see in a way that is exciting and original. I love colour and mood, skies, landscapes, flowers, gardens, people on beaches, seascapes. 

                          All work is for sale, and if you are interested please email me at


                          On Instagram my hashtag is #shirleymayartist and I post everything there. It may appear here later.



                                            "Woodingdean this morning" (61 x 40cm, acrylics on canvas), £275



                                            "Sun in my Garden"  (acrylics on paper, 40 x 27.5 cms) £250




                             Firle Cricket Ground (acrylics on canvas, 40 x 30 cm, painted en Plein air) £200



Winner of Caran D'Ache Award

The Artist and Leisure Painter Patchings Exhibition 2020


Previous Experience

I have taught a small watercolour class in my house most weeks since 2011.

I have exhibited in Fiveways Artists Open Houses in the 1990's, had exhibitions in Lancing Library, Michelham Priory, Oxmarket Centre (Chichester), been published in "An Introduction to Painting Flowers" by Elisabeth Harden (The Apple Press 1994 ISBN 1-85076-536-7) and cover/inside illustration for "Coffee Wisdom" by Theresa Cheung (Conari Press 2003 ISBN 1-57324-865-7). I have completed various private commissions, and paint regularly every week. I have Certificates in Art and Printmaking from the University of Brighton, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Sussex.


I am also a freelance writer of scientific and medical book indexes since 1994.

(Advanced Member of the Society of Indexers; BSc(Hons) Biological Sciences)


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