Shirlee Cunningham Shirlee Cunningham

Painting is my second career, after being a successful psychologist and executive coach. But art has always been my first love. My focus thus far has been in oils with still life, wild life and landscape as my primary subject matter. All images are drawn from my travels and photography efforts, particularly with wildlife. For example, my egret paintings are based on more than 5 years of photographing egrets in Sonoma County during the nesting season and then taking these beautiful birds and putting them in a more contemporary context. I often do not do a copy of the natural setting, feeling that I have something to communicate about the environment through the composition of the piece. I am looking forward to becoming active in the Salmagundi Club despite being a long-distance member

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