shirleyThank you to everyone who has responded to my work. I am incredibly blessed to do what I love, and then further honoured to have my pieces travel the world. My number one aspiration as an artist is to connect with people, with a vibrant and joyful energy. Nothing makes me happier, and drives me more, than to hear that this has indeed happened!

– Shirley




“A brilliant pianist whose paintings are utterly captivating” – Maestro Bramwell Tovey, GRAMMY® and JUNO award-winning conductor and composer, Principal Conductor of the B.B.C. Concert Orchestra, London, U.K.

“Commissioning Shirley to produce original pieces for the Corus Entertainment Winnipeg boardroom and reception area was a natural fit due to the dynamic vibrancy of her pieces. The musical symbolism in the works immediately engages everyone who enters the spaces and virtually reaches out and grabs the viewer in a way that is close to audible,” – Debbie Grant, Grant Design Group

“Prairie Panorama is a brilliant piece of Shirley Elias’ artistry. It is so bright and vibrant; capturing the rhythmic flow of the prairies. We are extremely pleased to have it in our corporate art collection.” – George Bass, Q.C., Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company

Recommendation from David Steele, Owner/Director of RendezVous Art Gallery, Vancouver
“In my capacity as co-owner of RendezVous Art Gallery I have worked with Shirley for about two years (2011-2013). In 2012 I had the opportunity to meet Shirley in person during her exhibition at RendezVous (“Lines and Colours Exhibition”). Over and over again I have been impressed by Shirley’s professionalism, integrity, and loyalty to her galleries. Shirley understands art as well as the art business, and has been keen to partner with RendezVous in cross-promotion whenever possible. She is a delight to work with and I would recommend her to any fine art gallery that takes their business seriously. Thank you Shirley!”

“The painting I commisioned from Shirley was very special to me because it was an anniversary gift for my sister who also happens to be my best friend. The painting beautifully captured Ida’s energy along with a vibrance and style that was uniquely “Elias”. She loves the painting more every day.” – Giuseppe Spoletini, New York

“After seeing some of Shirley’s work, my wife and I both felt we must have a piece of her art. The enjoyment of meeting with such a vibrant artist that actually asked questions about what appealed to us and why we were attracted to her work, convinced me it was time to buy my wife a present. We are both thrilled with the outcome.” – Peter Siemens, President and COO of MEI Healthcare Group and MEI Healthcare International

“Thrilled to have purchased a most beautiful and creative painting, “Fantasia”, that synesthetically complements The Manitoba Conservatory of Music facility to which I have been so honoured to donate it. A Musician and a Painter – what a terrific combination of talents!” – Victoria Lehmann

“It’s tough to pull your eyes away from the images and imagery.”
“landscapes unlike any I’ve seen before.”
Scott Hayes, St. Albert Gazette

“Not one of her paintings is without exquisite colour, passionate energy, committed detailing and a fabulous sense of humour.”
Jean Stilwell, Opera Singer, Toronto, Ontario

Arthur Motyer, author of “The Staircase Letters”, Sackville, New Brunswick

“Shirley Elias’ paintings are full of imagination, exuberant energy and rich color. I love them!”
Alasdair MacLean – Composer, New Brunswick

“I am very fortunate to have one of Shirley’s painting. She has an eye popping feeling for color and her paintings are always carefully balanced, even tidy in the way they hold together. She is an artist who, in her work, often thinks of music and this reflects onto the canvas. Those who like to look at individuals works will savor Shirley Elias’s paintings.”
Cheryl Longmire, Halifax

“It’s as if she’s captured the musical movement, but captured is not the right word. This art is not constrained and the colour shoots off the canvas and keeps going off forever,”
Sandra Outram, Art Beat Gallery, St. Albert, Alberta

“Don’t look for lullabies in Elias’s art because, like a big brass band, these pieces trumpet a joy of music and colour.”
Susan Jones, St. Albert Gazette

Our painting constantly changes with the different shades of light
that pass through our window, just as the same piece of music can
change according to your mood and whoever is executing it.. Every time
we look at her/our painting we discover something new that we never
saw before. – Maria Loscerbo, La Sosta de’ Golosi, Florence, Italy

“After representing Shirley Elias’ work at the RendezVous Art Gallery I can recommend her works to both other gallerists and clients alike with full confidence. Shirley creates such unique and bold artworks it’s hard not to notice them in a gallery and to top it all off she is highly professional and very personable. All of us that worked at the gallery really looked forward to any dealings with Shirley.” – Jessica Hedrick