Shirley's drawings and prints have emerged from things observed and selected, the seakale at Dungeness, filtered light, plant forms. The focus is on shape, space, colour and surface, investigating different ways of responding intuitively to observed information. She has played with the mark, the edge and pattern-like qualities which she has then interpreted through print processes.
Shirley is interested in working experimentally across drawing and printmaking, combining different approaches and processes. Working concurrently on drawings and prints helps her to work more fluidly, reflecting, selecting and changing elements through the development of the piece, each process informing the other.
Printing with multiple blocks has encouraged an exploratory approach layering drawn plates with simple colour shapes, she likes the openness of working like this, producing small editions and individual prints.