Shirley Hazlett is a California painter who particularly loves art that calms the mind and engages the spirit, and is fascinated by the dynamic dance of chance and direction in life and art. She often works with ink or watercolor on paper or silk, enjoying their immediacy and honesty.
Hazlett works intuitively in creating artwork, first setting parameters – size, pigment, media, and a thematic concept – then is guided by experimentation and observation. Hazlett engages in a visual dialogue with the painting while creating, guided by her artwork through completion.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, but residing currently in Sacramento, California, Hazlett has shown paintings in California and the West Coast of North America. She has exhibited at the Shimo Center for the Arts, the Crocker Art Museum, and The California Museum all in Sacramento. Artspace in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; the KB Gallery in Oregon; and the Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica, southern California. She also has shown at the Root Division, the Diego Rivera Gallery, and The Grotto, all in San Francisco. On multiple occasions she has exhibited work at the Pence Gallery, Axis Gallery, ARTHOUSE, Blue Line Arts, and the Temporary Contemporary Gallery in the greater Sacramento, California area.
Hazlett’s work is held in public collections including several Kaiser Permanente Hospitals and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. She often enjoys positive critique and was recently honored to have been photographed by, and included in, Kurt Edward Fishback’s 2017 book: 71 Women in Art. Fishback included studio photographs of 71 California women artists he selected to be included in this recent publication
Shirley Hazlett’s first venture in art was as the self-appointed family photographer at age 7, with her prized Brownie Starflash Camera. This early experience inspired Hazlett’s love of image and art. From that age forward, Shirley passionately pursued painting, photography, and study of the artwork of every type. She completed an MFA in Painting, with Honors, at the San Francisco Art Institute and holds dual BA degrees in Art Studio and Art History from the California State University, Sacramento. She occasionally teaches art or promotes art in her community, but is happiest making art in her studio.
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