Shirle Wempner was raised on a horse ranch on the outskirts of Billings, Montana. Her experiences growing up on the ranch resulted in a great appreciation of nature and encouraged her to put to canvas the inspiration she experienced on a day to day basis. Working predominately in oils and utilizing broad-brush strokes and palette knife techniques, she creates a feeling of impressionistic realism, concentrating on a painterly representation of the subject matter. Shirle has challenged her imagination and experimentation with her art, and continues to rediscover the creative process with each new piece. Shirle’s desired subjects are Native American, western, wildlife and figurative representations, incorporating contemporary and historical themes.
“The most enjoyable aspect of my process is allowing the creative spirit to take shape on the canvas. I strive to connect with the viewer and ask them to participate in the visual completion of the subject matter by ‘implying’ the subject rather than rendering a more detailed result. This, I believe, draws the viewer into the painting and allows them to more fully participate in the essence of the piece. Emotions are what touch and form our souls, and a stirring of emotion is what I strive for in each piece I create.”
• Member Montana Painters Alliance, (MPA)
• Associate Member American Women Artists (AWA)
• Associate Member of Women Artists of the West (WAOW)
• Associate Member American Impressionist Society (AIS)
• Member of Sweet Grass Artist Alliance, Big Timber, Montana
• Organizing Member of Big Timber Creative Arts, Big Timber, Montana