I’m inspired by questions about a hidden reality, an energy. What is the truth? Where have we been? Where are we going? Science can give us some of the answers. Art can help us explore these mysteries. Through my work, I want to encourage viewers to feel a sense of wonder and awe about the universe.
When I moved to New Mexico in 1999 from the East Coast, I found that my work opened up and expanded. Perhaps this was due to the sense of openness and endless possibilities in this special landscape and the light. My work has evolved since I first moved here, even though my long-time theme still focuses on expressing energy.
Shirley Crow grew up in a tiny farming community in Missouri and graduated with honors and a B.S. in art education from the University of Missouri. She has been studying, teaching or creating art ever since. After college, she taught art in public schools for three years, then moved to Wilmington, Delaware, and studied painting under Warren Rohrer. She next lived in Houston TX, where she studied painting and assisted the director at the Lowell Collins School of Art for three years. She currently lives in Santa Fe NM.
Her work has been widely exhibited and collected – some highlights include solo shows at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock TX; Forsyth Center Galleries, Texas A&M University, College Station TX; and Macey Center, New Mexico Tech, Socorro NM. Shirley Crow’s work has also been shown at the American Embassy in Belgium, the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington DE, the Philadelphia Art Museum in Philadelphia PA, and the Zane Bennett Gallery in Santa Fe NM.