Working en Plein air with acrylics, or in the studio. I love living in Brighton and Hove, and I love the landscapes and seascapes near me. It is a fascinating process to try and capture what I see, especially the beautiful skies, and try to understand the paints. I post everything on Instagram #shirleymayartist and sometimes on Paintersonline. If you are interested in any of my pictures, please contact me by email:, or by DM on Instagram.



                                            "Woodingdean this morning" (61 x 40cm, acrylics on canvas), £250

                                             Painted en Plein air.




                             "Sun on Hove Prom" (40 x 27 cms, acrylics on acrylic paper, £150)





                        "Adur River" (acrylics on canvas, 60 x 40 cm, begun as Plein air and finished in the studio, £250)



                                          "Heavy skies on Boxing Day" (20cm x 20cm unframed, acrylics on canvas £120)



                                            "Sun in my Garden"  (acrylics on paper, 40 x 27.5 cms) £120

                                             Painted en Plein air.



                      "Telscombe nearby" (acrylics on canvas, begun en Plein air, finished in the studio, 60cm x 40 cm, £250)



                                                     Winner of The Society for All Artists Award 2021.



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 and sketch regularly most days. 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; PGCE)


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