Mercury Bay Art Escape Artist insight – Shirley Cresswell

Mercury Bay Art Escape Artist insight – Shirley Cresswell

KN Updated
Realist painting of dinghy at low tide on beach

Matarangi artist Shirley Cresswell is opening her studio for the first year as part of the Mercury Bay Art Escape in 2022. Read about Shirley, her passions and inspiration for creating in the first of our series of artist insights.


Help us get the word out!

Sharing this article helps to support the local community.


An artist with a passion for boats and water

Shirley Cresswell has a serious passion for boats. She loves the story that a dinghy evokes, painting the water and reflections, the sense the movement of water, and knowing that she is creating something special for someone to treasure.

I want my paintings to evoke memories. To feel like you are looking out a window to somewhere you would like to be. Also to try and achieve realism but in a painterly way.

Shirley Cresswell - Mercury Bay Art Escape Artist 

Shirley enjoys the different processes in creating an artwork. The ultimate motivation for her is completing a painting that is quite real to the eye. And, she makes sure that she always finishes a painting before starting the next which she finds is a great way to stay disciplined and motivated. 

Art career by chance

Shirley was a registered nurse who had a great job managing a primary care facility at a large high school and says she became an artist quite by chance. 

I went to a fun night class with a friend and started painting from our photos. My first painting sold, then I had my first gallery exhibition and a single wall at the Wellington art show the following year. 

Shirley Cresswell - Mercury Bay Art Escape Artist

A world of inspiration

Shirley loves being able to travel around destinations in New Zealand and throughout the world to capture stunning photos of beaches and scenes for her work painting beaches and boats. 

Time is always a challenge and having recently moved to Matarangi this is Shirley's first year being involved in Mercury Bay Art Escape. She is excited to meet new people who enjoy art and the experience of art making.

Mercury Bay Art Escape 2022

To find Shirley and other artists opening their studios to the public in the 2022 Mercury Bay Art Escape, visit the events pages linked below to down load an event map.

Photos

Shirley Cresswell & Painting

Related Links

Mercury Bay Art Escape Mercury Bay Art Escape TrustMercury Bay Art Escape - Second Weekend

More Event News

KN
Kat Neilson-Jones
January 19, 2022
New
The All About Whitianga team has compiled a ‘go to’ list of events and gigs for th...
KN
Kat Neilson-Jones
January 18, 2022
New
The 2022 Whitianga Marathon sees a new distance added to the portfolio with the ad...
CK
Cathy Klouwens
January 13, 2022
New
Greenstone Entertainment have announced that with much regret and after 12 consecu...
CK
Cathy Klouwens
December 21, 2021
Find out what’s on and where to head this New Year’s Eve in the Mercury Bay. Music...
CK
Cathy Klouwens
December 21, 2021
Find out what’s on in the Mercury Bay this summer 2022. Music, food and good times...
KN
Kat Neilson-Jones
December 21, 2021
Sharing art experiences and a move to Tairua to spend more time in the studio are ...
KN
Kat Neilson-Jones
December 15, 2021
There's an excellent number of summer activities in the Mercury Bay to look forwar...
CK
Cathy Klouwens
November 25, 2021
After a two year break the A Taste of Matarangi Festival team are bringing favouri...
CK
Cathy Klouwens
November 24, 2021
Tickets sales for the popular A Taste of Matarangi Festival 2022 have been placed ...
KN
Kat Neilson-Jones
November 24, 2021
Record visitor numbers and sales last summer prove this to be a popular event with...
CK
Cathy Klouwens
October 22, 2021
Tickets will be on sale from Labour weekend for the much anticipated A Taste of Ma...
CK
Cathy Klouwens
September 24, 2021
Local restaurants have designed special seafood menus for the rescheduled Whitiang...

All About New Zealand © 2013–
All rights reserved