Shirlee Cunningham [NRA 2016]


First name: Shirlee ;
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Cunningham ;

Member: Non-resident artist member ; 
2016 ;
n/a ;



My lifetime photographing wildlife around the world has been joyful, but it has also led to direct observation of the effects of climate change and the destructive impact we have had on the world. The secret lives of birds are depicted in my bird paintings which bring you into their world of struggle, work, raising their young and the building of nests. The nest series uses iconography to chart the hope and peril of this bell weather species through these lovely, delicate structures built to withstand most storms–much like us. My floral and still life paintings play with composition, shadow –and, in the tulip series, vibrant color insinuating a kind of reckless joy.“Ms. Cunningham’s work is”magical”, — M. Stephen Doherty, Editor-in-Chief of American Artist Magazine and Watercolor Magazine





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June 17, 2021

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