Shirl Ireland

Quiet Drama
Madison Moon
Firehole Canyon plein air IMG_3095
study in green 20170808_0910
Power Of One
Long Ago And Far Away
nez perce sunrise
Pelican Line Up - study
Shirl plein air painting
Bachelor Pad
Stillness - Old Faithful
Big Horn Sheep Skull
Big Horn Line
Lamar Thaw
Shirl plein air painting
Clouds Over Dunraven
The Icon - Old Faithful
Emerge - under 10 mb file IMG_3597
Plein air painting in the Adirondack

I go far out into places where human beings are small and insignificant to sense my place in them.

Susan Zwinger

Shirl captures the light, the reflections, the shadows, the mood.  Often, working plein air at dawn or dusk to experience the glorious but fleeting color harmonies, the constantly changing reality.  She will drive for hours into Yellowstone in the dark to catch the spectacular color transformation of sunrise at a particular spot.  It’s a sport to capture it on canvas before it is something different and the color is gone, or a cloud moves in to change everything, or the sun crests the mountain to shine bright on what was just a shadow, or the wind kicks up and blows the whole thing over.


Promising pieces go to the studio as studies and references for larger works.  There they are tested.  Then, if they pass, they are hung in the gallery to be shared and to show the initial spontaneous emotion of that outing.  Shirl spends hours in nature capturing time, moments really.  Time well spent to share with others and teach them of nature’s possibilities.



"Juicy, creamy, glowing paint applied to canvas with the tools of the trade…brushes, palette knives, fingers, blood, guts, sweat and tears."

Lynx. Bronze by John Stacy


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Lynx. Bronze by John Stacy


Lynx. Bronze by John Stacy



Long Ago And Far Away 72 dpi 20140815_98