Shirley Foote’s abstract paintings are informed by both urban and rural landscapes. Recurring motifs and a distinctive palette of soft, shimmering colours define her works, which are known for their spacious compositions, fluid use of line.
Shirley trained at the West of England Academy in the 1950's. she worked in ceramics for over 20yrs, before becoming a full-time painter in 1993. She has exhibited at numerous galleries throughout the UK including Badcocks in Newlyn, Goldfish Gallery in Penzance and Plumbline Gallery in St Ives.
Growing up in the Wiltshire countryside on the edge of Salisbury plain has given me a deep love of open, wild, sometimes solitary places, which has influenced my work. I use landscape as a reference point only, then start pushing the paint around and let things happen.”