Shirley Harrison has captured that interplay with a technique using broken tempered glass assembled much like a jigsaw puzzle over acrylic paint on wood and finished with sanded grout. The refractive effect of light through the glass evokes the sensation of gazing at the colorful life beneath the water’s surface. She takes particular pride that all of the glass and much of the wood used for her projects are salvaged materials.
As a young girl native Texan Shirley Harrison grew up swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving in Texas lakes and along the gulf. From an early age she was fascinated with underwater life and delighted at the interplay of light and water.
Shirley has studied and worked in various art media since childhood and has competed in juried shows around the country. Her venues have included the Federal Duck Stamp Competition in Washington, D.C. and, most recently, the National Truffle Fest in North Carolina. Shirley is a graduate of Texas A & M – Commerce and currently teaches high school in East Texas.