Shirley Church Oils is a New Studio, opened in 2010.
I studied art at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska but have interspersed my art passion with a career in Engineering and Law. I received a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the South Dakota school of Mines and Technology and a J. D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
Yet my passion for art has remained throughout my careers to this day. Mixed in with my current career in patent law, my oil painting work is a integral part of my life and work.
My paintings are principally street scenes with attention to detail and as shown in the gallery pages, exhibit a distinct style that engages the viewer with a sense of curiousity.
I enhance my paintings with an emphasis on bright, clear colors to project a generally positive attitude toward the viewer. While an effort is made to provide a sense of realism, the paintings are not intended to look like a photograph but instead project a mixture of realism and abstractionism which I call abstract realism.
For commissioned work, I can travel to a particular location at the request of a client to determine the focus of the scene to be captured and will then proceed to capture the scene photographically and use the photos for the art project back in my studio.
If you have an interest in purchasing any of the paintings on this website, or if you wish to have a commissioned painting of a special scene, please contact me at
Phone: Cell: (408) 499-4709. I am located in Carlsbad, California.