Shirley moved to Glasgow in 1998 to pursue a career as an Insolvency Administrator.
When daughter #2 started school, she decided the time was right to follow a longed for creative endeavour and enrolled as a mature student at Anniesland College, thereafter embarking on a 2 year study of contemporary art practise which culminated in an HNC in 2014.
Shirley was then fortunate to be successful in applying to study at Glasgow School of Art. She graduated in 2018 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, Sculpture & Environmental Art.
Since then Shirley has continued to create and runs a small open studio and gift shop in Finnieston’s Hidden Lane.
She lives in Partick with her partner, Gordon, daughters Rhudie & Rebecca and her large cat, Carter-Douglass - you may follow his antics on Instagram @carterdouglassmainecoon.