Hello and welcome to my page, I am a Visual Artist

Welcome to this page about   me, Shirley Thomas, A.F.C.A., and to see samples of my art  I am a visual artist. I have painted on and off all of my life.  As a child, I only had a small box of watercolors so that is what I used.

When I lived in Northern Alberta, I sent to Eaton's catalogue for a small kit of oil paints. Little did I know then  that this small box of oil paints would be the start of a later life, long journey. In 1972, I started seriously painting. My first painting sold in 2 months.  My cousin, also an artist, was thrilled. She said that in Portland, where she lived, a starting artist never sold anything for 2 years.

Soon, I was painting every day and  showed my work with several art clubs and  later with several galleries including as far away as Toronto and Corner Brook, Nfld. I even sold, via the internet, a painting to one of the famous Swiss Guards at the Vatican in Rome.

In 2010, I was lucky enough to receive signature status with the Federation of Canadian Artists, an international  organization based in Vancouver, B.C.

I still paint every day, but can't do the long hours that I previously could so most of my work is done in acrylics, where Ii can start and stop. If you wish to see more of my work, please go to my website.

 Thank you for coming to see my paintings and to read about me.


Contact Details



  Mission, BC, Canada

Samples of my work

Artist Statement

Painting, to me, is like eating--if you don't do it every day, you get a gnawing in your stomach. My belief is that art is a gift and as such has to be used… a lifetime love. My paintings are always changing and evolving as I get new ideas.

My Current Exhibitions: