Shirley Cleary received her BFA Degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her MFA Degree from Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia and Rome, Italy. She also studied at the University of Valencia (Spain) and the Corcoran in Washington, DC. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, has lived in Montana since 1971 and spent 15 winters painting in New Zealand. She now winters in Southern Arizona.
Her paintings have been featured in many publications including: "American Artist", "Art West", "The Artist's Magazine", "US Art", "Inform Art", "Fly Fisher's Magazine", "Angler's Journal", "Disegnare & Dipingere" , "The Atlantic Salmon Journal", International Artists Magazine, Big Sky Journal and in several issues of "Wildlife Art". She is listed in Samuel's "Contemporary Western Artists", "An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West", "Who's Who in American Art" (since 1987) and "Who's Who in America".
Shirley has participated in many invitational and juried exhibitions including a one woman exhibition at the American Museum of Flyfishing in Manchester, VT, the Montana Historical Society Museum, the Holter Museum and group exhibitions including "International Miniature Exhibition" at the Smithsonian Institute, Treasure State Invitational Exhibition , "Women Artists of the West" at the Tucson Museum of Art; Maryland Waterfowl Festival; Easton Academy of the Arts (MD) "the Art of Flyfishing-A Visual History"; Foothills Art Center (Golden, CO), "Rivers: The Song of Life", "Wild Thing" and "The Artful Angler" and the CM Russell Auction at CM Russell Museum (Great Falls, MT).
She has won several conservation stamp print competitions and prizes for her work in juried shows. Her paintings are included in collections such as the National Parks Foundation, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Federation of Flyfishers International Flyfishing Center, First Bank System, the Washington Post, Herning Hojskole (Denmark) and the Hokonui Museum in Gore, New Zealand. Her work has been on several covers of Cabela's catalogue and she is one of the Modern Masters represented in a recent book: "The Fine Art of Angling: Ten Modern Masters". Her work is licensed through Wild Wings, Inc.