Shirley Hazlett is a California painter who 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. Exploring these ideas, she often works with ink or watercolor on paper or silk, enjoying their immediacy and honesty.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, but living in Sacramento, Hazlett has shown paintings on the West Coast of North America. She has exhibited at the Shimo Center for the Arts, the Crocker Art Museum, and The California Museum, Artspace in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; the KB Gallery in Oregon; and the Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica, 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 area.
Shirley's work is held in public collections including multiple Kaiser Permanente Hospitals and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. She often enjoys positive critique and was recently honored to have been photographed by Kurt Edward Fishback for his 2017 book: 71 Women in Art.
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.
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 paints,teaches art, and promotes art in her community
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