Artist Bio: Tony Shirren

 

Artist Bio - Tony Shirren

When I was in my early school years my teachers often encouraged me not to give up art as they claimed I had a talent I should keep developing, but life happens and even though I did do some art as a teen I was a full time shearer from the age of seventeen and was either to busy or too tired to bother with art even as a hobby.

Moving forward after 46 years as a shearer and the last of my five kids are grown and a worn out back, decided now was the time to do less physicl work and pick up my pallet and oil paints again and try to put on canvas some of the images I have stored away in my memory of characters, rustic old shearing sheds and places I've toiled in over most of my life.