Shirley is now 87 years old. She grew up on a farm and has lived in Rainbow all her life. When she was 72 she started painting and prefers rural scenes and the unchanged beauty of the times as her subjects. She mostly paints with oils because they are easier to control. There are murals around the Rainbow Albacutya area and she has been a part of the group who painted them.
She has been quite successful exhibiting at local shows and other places and she is proud to have trophies and blue ribbons to show for her work. Some of her painting have gone to homes in Ireland, Africa, England and across Australia.