This web site is a gallery of my "available" works. 

If there is a price on the work then it is available, either from myself or the GALLERY ONE88 at Katoomba, NSW. 

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Hello. I'm Shirley Peters.

This is my Cavoodle, Honey.

Below is studio in Mulgoa.


PS: I'm using Youtube to show my painting technique. 

There are 30+ full length tutorials.

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Watch my TV appearances

"Colour In Your Life" TV Series

My episode is on YouTube and shown internationally. 

It was filmed in Sydney and appeared 

on Australian TV in 2014.

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In brief...

Shirley Peters is a landscape artist. She paints plein-air in the country, using her motorhome to travel from beach to river to mountains (with husband Bob and Honey the dog).

At home she makes 'slow art' in her studio by painting large detailed works inspired by her travels; and once a year Peters paints a daily watercolour of the Tour de France bike races. Since 2014 Shirley has lived and worked from her studio in Mulgoa, prior to that, 37 years in Putney, near Sydney.

Shirley is represented by Gallery ONE88, Katoomba

Previously: Gallery V, Woolloomooloo, Sydney

Arp’s Gallery, Amsterdam:


Shirley Peters painting "En Plein Air" and in her studio.

Below: Open Studio during the Mulgoa Art Trail (every December)

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WINNER! 2018

President's Prize

Club Marconi 

Fairfield City Art Society

"Your Beauty Broken Down"

Oil on Linen 120cm x 120cm



"Best Painting in Exhibition" at the 2017 Blackheath Rhododendron Festival.

"Gold Light on the Afternoon" 

Acrylic on paper

80 x 60cm Framed (sold)

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Filmed for TV
Filmed for TV

I have been filmed doing a plein air painting for TV. (Colour In Your Life) Here is a still pic.

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Painting in Tasmania
Painting in Tasmania

My make-shift studio for Plein-air painting. This was almost at the bottom of the world: Recherche Bay.

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Shirley is represented by Gallery ONE88, Katoomba

Previously: Gallery V, Woolloomooloo, Sydney

Arp’s Gallery, Amsterdam:


TV, Radio and social media


Colour in Your Life Plein Air Painting Demo 2014


Behind The News: segment regarding book illustration: 1990 (No link)




Also displayed on these American sites:

Daily Paintworks

Deviant Art

FineArtAmerica (for prints)



Shirley Peters in conversation with Michael Todoran 

December 1, 2012


SHOW: ARPS Gallery, Amsterdam



Review of "Sydney Reservoir" show:


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.



Every year, Peters paints the Le Tour de France cyclists. She has a growing number of ‘Ebay followers’, eager to compete at auction for her daily watercolours.


Shirley Peters has recently shown in 2018, May 1st - 13th at the ONE88 Gallery in Katoomba NSW. "Time, Tide & Decay"



Biography and CV

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.)


Return trip to Tasmania in February, just before the lockdown for Covid-19

Many watercolours painted, and filmed for my Youtube channel.



Started Learn To paint Youtube Channel

Painting daily, with an Open Studio in DecemberMulgoa Art Trail.

Main February trip to the southern areas of Australia: the Great Ocean Road Victoria. (All watercolours sold)! 


TIME, TIDE & DECAY – Paintings from the Coast

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

May 1st - May 13th 2018



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.



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



Sunday November 5th, Sunday December 3rd

10am - 5pm

185 Parkriver Close, MULGOA NSW 2745



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: Highly Commended for “Le Tour de France”

June: Group Show at Gallery ME, Artarmon.



  1.  May 1: Solo Show at Gallery V

  2.  Teaching at Willandra: City of Ryde Art Society

  3.  Workshops on Sydney Harbour beaches

  4.  Appeared on “Colour in Your Life” TV Series.

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



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

  2. September 1: Hungry for Art, City of Ryde NSW

  3. July 4th-27th Gallery V, Woolloomooloo, Sydney Australia

  4. Finalist in the NSW Parliament “En Plein Air” Competition

  5. Finalist in the Hunters Hill Art Prize

  6. 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: “Highly Commended” by CRAS for “Le Tour de France”, acrylic on canvas

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:

2021 July 1 - 13: 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 2010 Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne "This Change Thing" – Figurative works depicting the relationship between the Catholic Church and children.


Group Exhibitions: 

  1. 5, 6, 7th October 2012: Fresh Paint at Balmain Watch House

  2. 2011 "Fresh #2" at Balmain Watch House

  3. July 2010 FRESH (#1) at Balmain Watch House

  4. November 2009 FRESH at See Street Gallery, Meadowbank

  5. November 2009 RUSTED at Tap Gallery, Sydney

  6. October 2009, FRACTURE, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney. 

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

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

  9. 2008: See Street Galleries, Meadowbank 

  10. 2008: Hunters Hill Art and Craft Show

  11. 2002: Julian Ashton's Art School, The Rocks

  12. 1998: Willandra Art Gallery 

  13. 1996: Kelly's Gallery, Epping 

  14. 1994 c: St Ignatious Art Exhibition

  15. 1993: NSW Library Travelling Exhibition (NSW) Society Of Book Illustrators 

  16. 1972–3: Randwick Tech Art School (pre-COFA) Exhibitions

  17. 1971: HSC Art (Pottery) selected for travelling exhibition



  1. Previously President Society of Book Illustrators (NSW) 1990-1992

  2. Previous Member: Illustrator's Society of Australia

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



  1. 2008/9: Part Diploma in Fine Art: (Painting and Printmaking) Sydney Gallery School, Meadowbank. 

  2. 2003: Creative Writing, Sydney University. 

  3. 2002: Printmaking and Etching: Julian Ashton Art School, The Rocks, NSW. 

  4. 1998: Multi Media Certificate at the Computer Graphics College, Sydney 

  5. 1997: Oil Painting Lessons: Willandra Art School, Ryde, NSW.

  6. 1991: Quark Xpress Certificate (Advanced) at the Computer Graphics College 

  7. 1990: Quark Xpress Certificate at the Computer Graphics College

  8. 1974: Graphic Design Certificate (part) National Art School at Randwick, NSW.

  9. 1972 -73 Diploma in Fine Art (Education) (part): National Art School at Randwick Tech (pre-COFA), Alexander Mackie Teachers College, Sydney, NSW.

  10. 1971: HSC: Art Practical: Pottery. (Work selected for state tour – pre- Art Express)

  11. 1971: HSC: Art major: Islamic Architecture


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I have a blog for my every day stuff.

Painting on paper, Sydney Harbour: 2014

Visiting Tasmania 2016, 2020

Painting at Mulgoa 2015

Brunswick Street Gallery 2009.

This painting was my first "Sold" in my Little Nippers and the Church series.