About Shirley Peters

Shirley Peters is currently painting landscapes. Often they are 'en plein air', and sometimes in her studio. 

She lives on a 5 acre property in Mulgoa, NSW, Australia, with photographer husband Bob Peters. A large out-building serves as a gallery/studio space.

Previous series have focused on children, cities, and recently, abstraction.

Bi-annual shows at Gallery ONE88, Katoomba, NSW Australia

International sales through:

Singulart.com in France

Fine Art America.com for prints.

Shirley Peters at Nelson Bay
Shirley Peters in Studio
Painting at Lavender Bay
Painting in Tasmania
Hill End
Plein air in summer
Studio paintings
First prize Blackheath Art Society
Large format



Shirley Peters shows new work at Gallery ONE88, Katoomba, NSW Australia.


Previous shows have appeared at:

Gallery V, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, Australia

Arp’s Gallery, Amsterdam:

Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia


Colour in Your Life Plein Air Painting Demo 2014



"Behind The News" ABC TV: Peters was interviewed about her children's book illustration: 1990 

SBS Shorts: 3 x Le Tour de France mentions, that appeared during breaks or in the news prior to the Le Tour de France coverage..

(recorded hand held iphone by Shirley.)






One Painting Every Other Day BLOG:


Also displayed on these American sites:

Daily Paintworks

FineArtAmerica (for prints)


Podcast in USA

Shirley Peters in conversation with Michael Todoran

December 1, 2012

Podcast in Australia : Art Supply Posse



International Show: ARPS Gallery, Amsterdam




2014 Review of "Sydney Blues" show:


2021 Review "Abundant Water" show at Gallery One88 Fine Arts



From the beginning...

Shirley Peters started painting in the early seventies. She attended the National Art School in 1972/3/4 (studying Art Education and Graphic Design) and persued a career in graphic design and illustration. Peters progressed through parallel careers as an illustrator of children’s books and a graphic designer in the emerging technology of multi-media.


Excelling in both fields, Peters reputation as an illustrator was cemented when she had a book shortlisted in the coveted CBC Book of the Year Awards in 1991; and as a freelance graphic designer when she won two Netscape website design awards ‘What’s New’ and ‘What’s Hot’, in the late nineties, as well as awards for book cover designs. 


In 1997 Peters returned to fine art by enrolling in oil painting classes at her local art society, then in Printmaking, Etching and Painting at the Julian Ashton School and later at Meadowbank’s Sydney Gallery School, and before long Shirley’s career became that of an exhibiting fine artist.


In 2008 Shirley Peters was listed as an “Artist to Watch” in Art What’s On. In 2009 she was Highly Commended in the Noel Chettle Art Award for Portrait and Life Drawing. And in 2010 she staged her first solo exhibition at the Brunswick Street Gallery in Melbourne, and has continued with annual solo exhibitions at Gallery V, Woolloomooloo, and more recently at Gallery ONE88 in Katoomba, NSW.


Shirley Peters has also exhibited her “Le Tour de France” works in Amsterdam through the Arps Gallery, and was a regular “open studio” member of the Hungry For Art Trail held annually by the City of Ryde, NSW. Shirley has taught art at her local society, and gave workshops and demonstrations.


Shirley Peters has been travelling to the home of the impressionists for years with various projects: a commission to paint scenes of Moissac, a small town in the south of France. In 2015 she visited middle Europe (Prague and Bratislavia) to persue her interest in the Medieval landscape. In 2016, a tour of Tasmania in a motorhome gave her opportunity to paint every day "en plein air". This trip has led to a new seascape series, which were displayed at her studio in November and December, 2017.

"Time Tide and Decay", Gallery One88. Katoomba, 2018.

Plein air painting with local artist and neighbour John Rice, Don Talintyre, and other artists became a routine, as well as regular motorhome trips to coast and country.


Youtube videos were filmed in 2019, 2020 in response to requests for lessons. Shirley was able to share her knowledge with a "Learn To Paint" series.

2021 saw the end of a five year drought which inspired a new series titled "Abundant Water".  Interrupted by the covid shut downs, her exhibition opening was delayed for months. 

2022 was a new start and abstraction has been a new direction in Shirley's practice. 



Every year, Peters paints the Le Tour de France cyclists. She has a growing number of followers eager for her daily bike paintings. Shirley sees this race as a 'side hobby' and not a part of her regular practice. She has a separate website for these paintings: 


Website for Le Tour de France Bike Art



Name: Shirley Peters (nee James)

Born: 1953, Sydney Australia (with Twin, Carmel James)

Married to Bob Peters 1976

Daughter: Natalie Peters b. 1982

Son: Mitchell Peters b. 1983

Lives on 5 acres at Mulgoa: 60km west of Sydney CBD 



Solo Exhibition "Abundant Waters" Gallery One88FineArts, Katoomba.

Mudgee Plein Air Week with the Mudgee Painters

John Rice's Plein Air Boot Camp at Blackheath

Private commissions

2021 (Covid effected the exhibition schedule. It was moved to 2022.)
Painting in studio and plein air. 
Acrylic teaching (short course) Penrith Art Society

Mudgee Painters Week


Tasmania in February

Many watercolours painted, and filming for Peters' Youtube channel.

Mulgoa Art Trail



Started Learn To Paint Youtube Channel

Painting daily, with an Open Studio in December, Mulgoa Art Trail.​

Main February trip to the southern areas of Australia: the Great Ocean Road Victoria

Mulgoa Art Trail


TIME, TIDE & DECAY – Paintings from the Coast

A solo show by Shirley Peters at ONE88 Gallery, Katoomba NSW

May 1st - May 13th 2018

Mulgoa Art Trail



Trips to north and south of Sydney coast lines for plein air painting, with photographer/husband Bob Peters, and new 'studio assistant', a cavoodle named Honey.

Fairlight Road Art Trail in December



First Prize: 49th Blackheath Rhodo Art Festival: Best Painting in Exhibition



Tasmania: Shirley and husband Bob spent one month (Feb) travelling around the island in their motorhome. 24 plein air paintings were produced, with all on display in the studio/gallery.



11/2015 Travelling to Prague, Bratislavia and surrounding European countries 

10/2015 Ryde Art Society Group Show: First Prize Small Works: for “Le Tour de France”

June: Group Show at Gallery ME, Artarmon.



May 1: :Sydney Blues" Solo Show at Gallery V

Teaching at Willandra: City of Ryde Art Society

Workshops on Sydney Harbour beaches

 Appeared on “Colour in Your Life” TV Series.

 Sold studio and home, and moved to the outskirts of Sydney.



August-September: Arps Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

September 1: Hungry for Art, City of Ryde NSW

July 4th-27th "The World Beneath" Gallery V, Woolloomooloo, Sydney Australia

Finalist in the NSW Parliament “En Plein Air” Competition

Finalist in the Hunters Hill Art Prize

Self Portrait in the Salon de Refuses at Gallery V, Woolloomooloo



2021: Finalist Blacktown City Art Prize 

2018: Winner "President's Prize" Fairfield City Art Society

2017: Winner "Best Painting in Show" Blackheath Rhodo. Art Prize

2015: First Prize, Small Works.  City of Ryde Art Society

2013: Finalist "NSW Premier's Plein Air Award"

2013: Shortlisted "NSW Premier's Plein Air Award"

2009: Highly Commended in the Noel Chettle Art Award for Portrait and Life Drawing

2009: “Feature Artist” Art Whats On

2008: “Artist to Watch” Art Whats On

1990: Shortlisted and Honour Book, Children's Book of the Year (illustration) Mervyn's Revenge by Leone Peguero

1990: Commended, Best Jacket Design of the Year: Counting on Frank:The Bulletin Award

Various web design awards for Bob Peters web site.


Solo Exhibitions:

2022 Jan 4 - 17th: Gallery One88 Katoomba: "Abundant Water"  Waterfalls and floods

2018 May 1 – 13: Gallery One88, Katoomba: "Time Tide & Decay" – seascapes from Tasmania and NSW

2014 May 1 – 13th: Solo Show at Gallery V "Sydney Blue" – views of the harbour and surrounds

2013 July 4th-27th Gallery V, Woolloomooloo, Sydney Australia "The World Beneath" – depicting the empty reservoir that holds Sydney's water supply.

2010 February: Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne "This Change Thing" – Figurative works depicting the relationship between the Catholic Church and children.


Group Exhibitions: 

2013 June: Group Show at Gallery ME, Artarmon.

2012: Fresh Paint at Balmain Watch House

2011 "Fresh #2" at Balmain Watch House

2010: Snowscapes and Snowgums. Snowy Region Gallery

2010 FRESH (#1) at Balmain Watch House

2009 FRESH at See Street Gallery, Meadowbank

2009 RUSTED at Tap Gallery, Sydney

2009, FRACTURE, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney. 

2009, Brunswick Street Gallery, Victoria (Painting 09A) Group Show

2009: Brunswick Street Gallery, Victoria (Portrait 09) Group Show

2009: Snow Gums at Jindabyne 

2008: See Street Galleries, Meadowbank 

2008: Hunters Hill Art and Craft Show

2002: Julian Ashton's Art School, The Rocks

1998: Willandra Art Gallery 

1996: Kelly's Gallery, Epping 

1994 c: St Ignatious Art Exhibition

1993: NSW Library Travelling Exhibition (NSW) Society Of Book Illustrators 

1972–3: Randwick Tech Art School (pre-COFA) Exhibitions

1971: HSC Art (Pottery) selected for travelling exhibition



President: Society of Book Illustrators (NSW) 1990-1992

Member: Illustrator's Society of Australia

Member: Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (USA)



2008/9: Part Diploma in Fine Art: (Painting and Printmaking) Sydney Gallery School, Meadowbank. 

2003: Creative Writing, Sydney University. 

2002: Printmaking and Etching: Julian Ashton Art School, The Rocks, NSW. 

1998: Multi Media Certificate at the Computer Graphics College, Sydney 

1997: Oil Painting Lessons: Willandra Art School, Ryde, NSW.

1991: Quark Xpress Certificate (Advanced) at the Computer Graphics College 

1990: Quark Xpress Certificate at the Computer Graphics College

1974: Graphic Design Certificate (part) National Art School at Randwick, NSW.

1972 -73 Diploma in Fine Art (Education) (part): National Art School at Randwick Tech (pre-COFA), Alexander Mackie Teachers College, Sydney, NSW.

1971: HSC: Art Practical: Pottery. (Work selected for state tour – pre- Art Express)

1971: HSC: Art major: Islamic Architecture

Brunswick Street Gallery 2009.