Shirley Cleary, Master Painter, Uses Fly Fishing As a Subject


Written by: Christine Penn

Shirley Cleary is a renowned painter who works mainly in oils. Many of her paintings use fly fishing as the subject, although she also paints outstanding landscapes and bird-hunting scenes. She is one of the modern masters represented in a recent book, The Fine Art of Angling: Ten Modern Masters.

Shirley received her MFA degree from Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia and Rome, Italy. She also studied at the University of Valencia (Spain) and the Corcoran in Washington, DC.

Her paintings have been featured in many publications including:  American Artist, The Artist’s Magazine, US Art, Inform Art, Fly Fisher’s Magazine, Angler’s Journal, The Atlantic Salmon Journal, and Wildlife Art.

See more of her phenomenal paintings at her website.

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