burton art gallery and museum
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Kingsley Road, Bideford, Devon EX39 2QQ

Telephone: 01237 471455
Email: info@theburton.org

Admission is Free
Open Daily 10am - 4pm
Sundays 11am - 4pm

Shirley Smith - Wood Engraver

Shirley was born in London in 1933; brought up and educated in Kent. She has always found drawing enjoyable, both as a pastime and as work. She worked as an engineering and architectural draughtswoman for several years. Shirley has not had any formal art training.

Sarah van Niekerk at West Dean College in Sussex first introduced her to wood engraving in 1990. Her interest continued and wood engraving and allied matters are now an absorbing and important aspect of her life. Shirley lives in Stoke Gabriel on the River Dart and this area has some influence on her work. Having some woodworking skills and machinery she is able to make her own engraving blocks.

Her engravings have been exhibited with the Society of Wood Engravers; the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; the South West Academy of Fine Arts, Exeter; and also locally in Totnes. Shirley was elected to membership of the Society of Wood Engravers in March 2003.

lottery funded