Shirley Chinneck

Shirley Chinneck

My interest in painting and drawing started as a young child. I grew up in Exshaw, Alberta – moved with my family to Edmonton, Alberta in 1938. I graduated from the Royal Alexandra Hospital School of Nursing with an RN in 1950.

I was widowed in 2008 following 58 years of marriage. I have 3 sons and 5 grandchildren. In 1987 with my husbands encouragement I left nursing to pursue my interest in art full time. Prior to retirement
from nursing I would often stay after shifts to visit with patients – during these visits I would draw them. It was a visitor for them and a model for me.

Boats at Moraine Lake - gouache

I still visit and draw residents in the Long Term Care
unit in the Canmore hospital. The people I draw receive copies of the
drawing(s) on my next visit to the unit (I go weekly), The originals are posted on the unit and remain the property of the hospital.


I do landscapes, still life, flowers, faces and figures using various
mediums and sizes.

At the present time my art can be seen at Canada House in Banff, The Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum in Banff (permanent Collection) and in the Rental Sales gallery at the London Ontario Museum, as well at CAAG exhibitions in Canmore.


Lake Louise with flowers - Oil


My art has brought me lifelong friendships and interesting things to record both at home and during travels to the Canadian Arctic, most
provinces as well as India, Liberia and the United States.

It is my hope that my art brings pleasure to others.


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