Shirley is an internationally recognized painter, sculpture and ceramic artist. Her expressive use of colour and light on rough and smooth surfaces are portrayed in her paintings and sculptures. Her paintings grace the walls of the Princes Palace in Dubai and Australia wide.

Her first love is ceramic art, her hand built original graceful copper wire haired ladies which have found homes internationally.

Shirley has travelled extensively, having lived in East and Southern Africa for most of her life and now Australia on the Sunshine Coast.

Shirley has taken the time to do courses in sculpture, pottery, water colours, oils, acrylics, stone and wood carving, fabric painting and Japanese air dry clay with various other styles and techniques. She has received certificates, diplomas and various awards for her work

She has done private tutoring in the arts to various individuals as well as to disadvantaged people enhancing encouragement and hope. She also financially supports children in Ethiopia, Senegal and India and various Christian institutions.

Sculpture and painting is a reflection of life and hope which is why composers agonise over a score and artists over a canvass believing some glimmer of beautiful will emerge from the struggle. Shirley says β€˜in dry times it is so good to bring a smile to the faces of those who observe,
especially the funky tea pots and animals.’ 

Do what you like to do most, if you do that you will be passionate about it and spend every waking minute doing it. The passion and the time devoted to it will make you the best at it, whatever it is; there is always a demand for the best
— Shirley Marais