Shirley Reade, Artist
P.O. Box 175
556 Thora Circle Drive
Winchester, OR 97495
Testimonial: "I have done some form of art most
of my adult life. When I started acrylics
with Shirley it was a new medium for me. She has been such a positive
influence on my art and I love the people taking the classes and
interaction with Shirley. I paint because it is healing for my heart
soul. My time in class is priceless to me."
Testimonial: “I have worked with many kinds of crafts for a number of years.
My sister/teacher moved to Springfield after being very active as
an artist in the Salem area. I marveled at her talent and she convinced
me that I too could learn to paint. After I finished the first painting,
of course I wanted to paint another picture. Three years later I
am still painting. Our teacher has a gift for teaching and of making
us all feel like talented artists. We have a great class of none
people who have all won ribbons at the Lane County Fair and the
Springfield Mayor’s Art Show. What a fun and rewarding way
to spend you leisure time.”
Testimonial: “I have always enjoyed the arts. Once I retired I found
time to take a class. I have learned and grown through Shirley’s
excellent instruction. The class has been fulfilling, rewarding,
and has exceeded all my expectations.
Testimonial: “I have loved art since childhood, resorting to brown paper
bags as my canvas. Once I became a wife and mother, I constantly
enjoyed drawing and painting for my family. I soon came to realize
that my gift of painting was therapeutic in ways I had never realized.
I have drawn with pencil and colored pencil, pastel (chalk), china
paint and oil. I am thoroughly enjoying trying my hand at acrylics
in Shirley’s class."
Testimonial: “I have been painting for about a year and a half now, with
Shirley’s great help and patience. I was assistant to the
librarian for the Marcola School District for 10 ½ years;
retired from there and went to work for the Oregon Department of
Forestry-East Lane for 12 years. I have been receptionist, Forest
Practices Clerk, and Fire Dispatcher for Forestry. My husband,
sons, two daughters-in-law, and four wonderful grandchildren, are
enthusiastic admirers of my art work.”
Testimonial: “I have painted several years with oil and decided I would
like to learn something new in my eighties. I joined Shirley’s
art class to learn acrylic painting and have been finishing beautiful
paintings for everyone in my family.”
lived and worked in the forest most of my life. I’ve enjoyed
the outdoors and continuously marvel at the world around us. I’m
especially impressed by the Pacific Northwest. We live in such
land of contrast that varies so much by season, by month, day,
night, even by the hour and minute.
know how it is with those gloomy, winter days of dark, cloud
and rain. They have their
own kind of
beauty, when trees and ridges are mire silhouettes against the
darker SILHOUETTES OF MORE DISTANT TREES AND RIDGES. But, let
open and the sun directly shine to earth and lo … the northwest
explodes in color. Fresh wet, shiny, vibrant, color; greens of every
shade and hue, delirious blue of a storm cleaned sky, grays, browns,
white clouds, all exploding in dimension and depth … amazing.
And don’t forget that rainbow of color that lasers your eye,
emanating from a tiny water droplet hanging from that fir needle
I’ve always thought it would
be fun to try to capture the essence of nature’s beauty. I’ve
dabbled at drawing on occasion. I’ve wanted to learn to paint,
but the opportunity wasn’t convenient, other things in life
needed to be lived. As with so many lessons of life that we keep
coming back and back to, I finally realized that learning to paint
is something that we just have to make the time to do.
finally I’m giving it
a whirl, although I should be home finishing the replacement of
that patio door. Nonetheless, now I’m in art class.”
have painted about twenty years earlier, and since my retirement, with
more time I have decided
it would be fun to do it again. I also had a friend who kept telling
me about her fabulous acrylic painting class she was taking. I
have really enjoyed the class and the great group of women that are taking
Testimonial: “Why do I paint? I ask myself that occasionally, usually when
I have another goof to paint over. I have always enjoyed looking
at other people’s art. You mentioned that painting caused
you to look at the world around you from a different perspective
and I decided that I really wanted to gain that perspective, and
it is true, I am learning to see things differently. It is amazing
to me to actually be able to create a picture, granted I still
lots of help, but it is a very rewarding process. Thanks for all
your help. I am still working through my phobia of creating something
ugly, but worrying much less about that now.”
Testimonial: “I want to tell you how
much I appreciate you teaching me. I feel very blessed to be learning
from such a professional. Maybe someday I’ll be able to pass
on some of the lessons I’ve learned from you to others. Thank
”Two and a half years ago my daughter
from Southern California flew up for a surprise Mother’s day.
She brought for a gift a Bob Ross tape and all the materials and
we painted together for 2 days. She had heard me say so many times
how much I would love to learn to paint. But with raising a family
and working I had never had the time to follow that dream. She knew
that if she got me started I’d never stop. She’s right.
I have been to several different kinds of classes and bought tapes
and books trying to learn all the techniques of painting.
"When I saw Shirley’s art at the
Lane County Fair, I loved it. To my surprise she was offering classes
and I signed up on a waiting list. In November of last year I finally
was able to join her class full time. She is a meticulous painter
and has taught me to be as well. Every step is a learning process.
I paint during the week at home and then when I go to class each
week Shirley will show me how to progress further. It is a fun journey.
I would love to paint wildlife exclusively eventually, but right
now I’m trying many different things and Shirley is the one
who can help me accomplish this.”