Shirley Freeman

shirley_freemanShirley Freeman

Water Colorist


Shirley was born in Warren County Indiana and never ventured very far from home as she has lived near Oxford only 17 mile away.

 Although mostly self-taught, Shirley gives much credit to her Grandfather, who was a Limn-er/artist, and to God for passing on a lot of talent from him.

 She has drawn since she was a child. Art was always in her blood. After her children were nearly grown she took art lessons from someone local who had studied in Pennsylvania. When the instructor moved out of the area the students were asking what to do for a teacher. The instructor said that she could very well take over the class as she was a natural. That set her off in a career that before was just a dream. She also had to study to keep learning new ideas to keep ahead of her students.

 Shirley chose to study with several well known artists who used a pallet of hues, values and style that she liked. Attending college she began in Oil Painting and studied with Foster Caddell & Dimitar Krusteve.

 She started using watercolor for several reasons; first she was told she could not control that medium, loved the pastel look of those hues but was developing a problem with her vocal cords using the oils. At the time she was teaching up to 20 people all in an enclosed environment.

 Shirley was fortunate to be able to study with John Pike, Zoltan Szabo among a few others via workshops. This means of study afforded her the opportunity to travel to many states and Mexico not only for workshop but for career related events and to paint.

 Please join us at Gaslight Art Colony, located at 516 Archer Avenue in Marshall and meet Shirley Freeman on Saturday, August 21, from 6-9pm. Seeing her beautiful work and amazing talent will be most enjoyable to all who attend. A sample of Shirley’s work may be seen at .


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