About the Artist 
Shirley Schmidt

Canadian watercolour artist Shirley Schmidt lives and paints out of Victoria BC where she offers up bold scenes of west coast wildlife, flora, and hidden places.

The west coast won Shirley over when she first moved here 20 years ago, having spent her previous years in the open prairies of Manitoba and rural Ontario. An avid bird watcher, a gardener, and a pianist by profession, she now opens her studio as a  dedicated watercolourist.

As an Active Member of the Canadian Federation of Artists, she concentrates on the watercolour art form with a solely transparent palette. Watercolors continue to surprise her with their possibilities for both the boldness and the delicacy needed to portray the nature subjects that she most enjoys painting.

The sense of process and myriad layering within the work reflect well the complexities and the often unanswerable questions that make up our human story.

Living in Victoria with her husband Wally and her bischon-yorkie mix, Tali, she paints in her sun-filled studio where she holds classes, and invites workshop groups to join the adventure that is watercolor painting.

 Past Exhibitions
2015 & 2016

      Exhibition Sabbatical


2014
  • Federation of Canadian Artists' Fall Exhibition – Juried Art Show – Victoria Chapter – “HONORABLE MENTION AWARD”
  • Sidney Fine Art Show – Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, BC – Juried Art Show
  • Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria's "The End Of Summer" Show – Victoria, BC
  • Coast Collective Gallery's "Basically Birds" Exhibition – Juried Show – Colwood, BC – “FIRST PLACE AWARD”
  • Sooke Fine Arts Show – Juried Show – Sooke, BC 
  • Look Show 2014 – Victoria, BC
  • Federation of Canadian Artists – Juried Art Show – Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter, BC
  • Federation of Canadian Artists' Spring Exhibition – Juried Art Show – Victoria Chapter – “HONORABLE MENTION AWARD”


2013
  • Federation of Canadian Artists' "Small, Smaller, Smallest" Show – Juried Show – Granville Island, Vancouver, BC – “AWARD OF EXCELLENCE”
  • Federation of Canadian Artists' Autumn Salon – Juried Show – Granville Island, Vancouver, BC – “AWARD OF EXCELLENCE”
  • Federation of Canadian Artists' Summer Exhibition – Juried Show – Victoria Chapter
  • Serious Coffee – Solo Showing – Sidney, BC
  • Private Office Exhibition – 3581 Shelbourne Street – By Owner’s Request – Victoria, BC
  • Emily Carr Library – Solo Showing – Victoria, BC
  • Federation of Canadian Artists' Spring Exhibition – Juried Show – Victoria Chapter –  “SECOND PLACE AWARD” in “All Categories”
  • Coast Collective Gallery's "Bloom 5" Show – Juried Show – Colwood, BC


2012
  • Federation of Canadian Artists Spring Exhibition – Juried Show – Victoria, BC
  • Sidney Fine Art Show – Juried Show – Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, BC
  • Federation of Canadian Artists Fall Exhibition – Juried Show – Victoria, BC
  • Goward House Juried Show – Victoria, BC


2011
  • Sidney Fine Art Show – Juried Show – Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, BC
  • Studio 30 Hillside Show – Victoria, BC
  • Saanich Fair Art Show – Featured Guest Artists With Studio 30 – Victoria, BC
  • Goward House – Juried Show – Victoria, BC
  • Sidney Plein Air Paint Out – Juried Show – Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, BC – “PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD” and “HONORABLE MENTION AWARD”
  • Sooke Fine Arts Show – Juried Show – Sooke, BC
  • Look Show 2011 – Victoria, BC


2010
  • West Coast Collective's "Critters and Creatures" Show – Juried Show – Victoria, BC
  • Sidney Plein Air Paint Out – Juried Show – Odette Gallery, Sidney, BC
  • Studio 30's Spring Show – Victoria, BC
  • Penelope’s Private Gallery Exhibition – Victoria, BC
  • Studio 30's Ministry of Health Exhibition – Ministry of Health Atrium, Victoria, BC


2009
  • Peace and Conflict – West Coast Collective Juried Show – Victoria, BC
  • West Coast Collective's "Harvest" Show – Juried Show – Victoria, BC
  • Studio 30's Fall Show – Victoria, BC – “PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD” 
  • The Black Olive's Private Gallery Exhibition – Victoria, BC
  • Sidney Plein Air Paint Out – Juried Show – Odette Gallery, Sidney, BC – “PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD” 
  • Sooke Fine Arts Show – Juried Show – Sooke, BC
  • West Coast Collective's "Bloom" Exhibition – Juried Show – Victoria, BC
  • Studio 30's Spring Show – Victoria, BC – “PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD” 
  • Studio 30's Ministry of Health Exhibition – Ministry of Health Atrium, Victoria, BC


2008
  • West Coast Collective's "Small Treasure Art Show" – Juried Show – Victoria, BC
  • Studio 30's Fall Show – Victoria, BC – “PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD” 
  • Studio 30's Spring Show – Victoria, BC – “PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD”