Shirley Bales, a resident of Colorado Springs, paints in plein air the western landscape. Shirley is originally from Southern California, and has also resided in Arizona and New Mexico where she pursued her degree at the University of New Mexico in Liberal Arts. Shirley recently relocated to Colorado Springs. She has been painting in plein air for over 15 years. Shirley has been a member of SOCAL PAPA, Tucson Plein Air Painters Society, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, and Plein Air Artists of Colorado, where she participated in multiple group shows over the years.