Shirley Anderson Sylvester

  • Medium : Watercolors and oils


Artist Statement

Born and raised in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana, Shirley and her family have always lived on a farm east of Corvallis. Shirley began painting with oils in 1984 and watercolor in 1995.

She enjoys plein aire painting along the rivers and in the mountains of the Bitterroot Valley as well as different areas of Montana. She likes to create small paintings. This gives her the ability to capture a moment and a place, a snapshot in time. Painting miniatures gives her the liberty to experiment with light, color and compositions.

Old homesteads and barns have great interest to Shirley, she says, “I like to imagine the lives of the folks that lived there. They represent a disappearing heritage of our country’s past.” In the summer of 2010 she had the opportunity to paint at Grant Kohr’s Ranch National Park at Deer Lodge, Montana with the Front Range Art Association.

Shirley is also involved with archaeology. She is on the board of the Montana Archaeological Society. She has visited nearly 100 pictograph and petroglyph sites in the northwest. She incorporates these interests and images in her paintings on occasion. She also paints tepees to represent the different tribal cultures of the northwest.

Shirley believes an artist should paint what they love and what inspires them; this is what breathes life and spark into a piece.

Contact Information

Shirley Sylvester
748 Willow Creek Road
Corvallis, MT 59828
Studio: (406) 961-3192