FORGET-ME-NOTS (METIS, P.Q.)
oil pastel on paper
signed, dated ‘87
17.5 ins x 24 ins; 44.5 cms x 61 cms
Shirley Chinneck was born in 1928 in Exshaw, Alberta, and moved with her family to Edmonton in 1938. She graduated as a Registered Nurse from the Royal Alexandra School of Nursing in Edmonton in 1950 and worked in her profession in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. In 1986, Chinneck decided to retire from nursing to dedicate herself full-time to her painting.
Although Chinneck is a self-taught painter, but took weekly painting lessons with John Rennie while in Yellowknife the 1950’s. She is recognized for her landscapes, still lifes, flowers and portraits, and her work is found in several corporate and private collections across Canada. She is a member of the Society of Canadian Artists in Toronto and a lifetime member of The Arts Club Montreal. She has also taught portrait drawing and watercolor at the Arctic College in Invoke, Northwest Territories. Chinneck lives in Canmore, Alberta.