Shirley Nachtrieb’s artwork is earthy, organic and multimedia. She enjoys painting from nature then interpreting her images into collages using textures. She works experimentally, painting positive and negative shapes, and adding embellishments. One of her latest passions is painting a series of grapevine collages which was inspired by a painting trip to France where she painted in the vineyards of Provence. She paints vivid watermedia portraits and flowers and is always looking for a way to interpret what she sees in a more creative way.
Shirley Nachtrieb, a graduate of Fontbonne College, resides in St. Charles, MO. She has been a freelance artist and teacher for over 30 years. Shirley is a signature member of the Society of Layerists in Multimedia, St. Louis Watercolor Society, the International Society of Experimental Artists, and the Missouri Watercolor Society. She is also a distinguished member of the St. Louis Artist Guild and a juried member of the Best of Missouri Hands. Shirley paints and teaches throughout Missouri and other states. Her painting mediums include watercolor, pastel, acrylics, mixed media collage, fiber, and handmade books.
Shirley is a four-time winner of the prestigious Grumbacher Award of Excellence. She is represented in Rockport Publisher’s book, Creative Watercolor by Mary Ann Beckwith and Pebble Publishing’s book, Best of Missouri Hands. In 1998 her work was included in Exploring Color by Nita Leland and Metaphors of Time and Space Through Layering, a publication of the Society of Layerists in Multimedia. Several of her watercolors have appeared on the covers of the Country Register magazine. Her paintings have also appeared on several of St. Louis Home Builder’s Fall Home Show posters. She does freelance work for the McDonald Publishing in St. Louis, MO, designing posters for the school classroom. Her collage work has been published five times in Somerset Studios Magazine in 2004. In August of 2006, her artwork was represented in Nita Leland’s new book, The New Creative Artist. In October of 2007, her artwork was represented in Watercolor Magic Magazine. In 2008, Shirley’s appeared in another Nita Leland book, Creative Color: An Artist’s Guide to Harmony, Contrast and Unity. In 2010 her work was represented in Chris Unwins’s book, Artistic Touch 4. In 2011 Shirley’s work was included in Nita Leland’s collage book, The New Creative Collage Techniques.
Shirley has written articles for St. Peters Community and Art Center’s Artworks magazine and Watercolor Studio, the official publication of the Missouri Watercolor Society. Shirley has appeared on numerous Artworks cable television programs demonstrating painting techniques. In 2004 her work was again represented in a Society of Layerists in Multi Media’s book, The Art of Layering: Making Connections. Shirley’s artwork is also represented in Artistic Touch 1 and 5, Who is God 1, 2, 3, 4, and Who is God: The Collection.