Shirley Cresswell is a fulltime artist based in Hamilton. Her beautiful paintings are exhibited in galleries throughout New Zealand and in her home studio. Shirley has developed her own style and technique painting photo realism in acrylics. By applying paint in many layers she achieves a realist style that captures light in her work.
Cresswell specialises in New Zealand coastal scenes many of which are painted from photos she has taken while on holiday; in particular Coromandel, Wellington, Rotorua Lakes and Mahurangi.
Cresswell's talent for painting detailed images that appear true to the scene and in proportion has meant she is kept busy with commission work. Cresswell loves how something beautiful can be created from a blank canvas and is thrilled that people can obtain pleasure and memories from the images she creates.