We had the good fortune of connecting with Shirley Quaid and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shirley, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
This is a difficult question. I believe I showed my children the value of a strong work ethic. I also tried to show them that it is NOT ok to give-up when life gets rough and that it IS ok to take risks to achieve their goals. I spent a good deal of my adult life terrified of the decisions that I was making but I plowed ahead and made good things happen. Happily they have assimilated integrity, the ability to work hard for their goals and a caring attitude.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The journey has been 20 years in the making. It took some years and some experimentation before I devoted myself to becoming an oil painter. I tried watercolor and acrylics but really love the creamy oils and love the results I can achieve with them. I have dabbled in plein aire painting but found I am most comfortable in the studio where the environment is controlled. Along the way, I have taken numerous classes and workshops from artists that I admired always wanting to learn and improve while still maintaining my way of painting. Finally, with a beautiful studio and discovering a wonderful resource for western models I have turned my attention to my first love – western themed paintings. I love to show the character in the figures that I chose to paint, I love to tell the story of our American past and I love to connect to my audience on an emotional level. I am most proud that I can continue to grow and learn and that my work has been recognized on a national level. It has not always been easy to find the time with family responsibilities calling but somehow I have been able to paint through it all.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, I live in a quiet, remote area of southern Oklahoma so entertainment requires a little travel. We have the wonderful National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City which would have to be the first on the list. While we were there we would have to visit a restaurant called The Ranch for some really good western cuisine. We would also have to visit the Oklahoma City Stockyards area to shop and eat at Cattlemens Restaurant. The Myriad Botanicals is a great place to wander about, enjoy nature and relax. And of, course, we would have to visit Bricktown to take a trip down and canal and eat in fabulous places. Closer to home, the town of Sulphur offers a beautiful park and outstanding hotel and restaurant. No visitor to our part of the world can escape without a trip to Braums Ice Cream store to enjoy the best ice cream on the planet. We have some pretty awesome and interesting friends here so we would probably have to have a dinner party and invite them all.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband, John, has been supportive from the earliest years of our marriage. He encouraged me to take art lessons and has been my biggest champion. He never complains about the numerous art events that we attend and even goes to photo shoots and assists me in getting reference material for my art. He moved with me to another state so that I could have an awesome art studio! I couldn’t ask for better support.
these are my personal photographs taken with my personal equipment