In 2003, Shirley was one of the founding members who helped to set up Wessex Sculptors. She works from her studio in Winchester and has studied with a number of well-recognised sculptors, including Sally Hersh, Sukey Erland and John Souter. She has worked successfully in clay but is currently carving in stone where the tactile qualities of soapstone have a particular appeal for her.
Shirley has observed indigenous sculpture in Asia and Latin America as well as those from the antique and more contemporary European traditions. Her work reflects these wide sources of inspiration.
Shirley has exhibited and sold in Hampshire and Sussex.
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