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The Arts
by Darrell McGarvey
Boulder City Art Guild

Artist Profile -
Shirlyn Morris

Shirlyn grew up in a small town in Michigan, the same town as Dottie Conner, a long time resident of Boulder City and a member of the Art Guild since 1977. That is no coincidence, however. Dottie is Shirlyn’s mother! It’s nice to have two talented artists from the same family.

After Shirlyn graduated from high school she visited her uncle in California for a summer and never went home. It was there that she became interested in art and studied oil painting with Ray Grimes, “the portrait artist to the stars.”

Three years later, a marriage, a new baby, and going to business college got in the way of her art and it was put aside. It wasn’t until 1985 that Shirlyn took a drawing class, followed by a watercolor class, and she still works with those two mediums today. Other classes with several Utah artists, as well as a number of workshops in Arizona, California and Utah, have added to her art experience.

Shirlyn joined the Salt Lake City Intermountain Society of Artists and the Watercolor Society. She exhibited in several art shows and galleries and “won several awards.” Her modesty won’t let her expound further.

In 1996, Shirlyn and her husband, Steve, began traveling the country in their RV. On the road for six to eight months at a time, she found time for painting but found it difficult to use watercolor outside because of the sun and wind. Inside the RV was too cramped and had poor lighting. Shirlyn found colored pencils were the answer. She took a class will Sheri Lynn Doty, a well-known Utah artist whose work appears often in magazines and art books. Prismacolor pencils are her choice for their brilliance and permanence.

She moved to Boulder City in 2006 to be closer to her mother and has been an active member of the Boulder City Art Guild ever since. She is currently Featured Artist at the Gallery in the Boulder Dam Hotel. Be sure to drop by to see her work in “Cubicle One.”

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