Shirley Novak was raised in Southern
California and as a child she loved to garden, dreaming of becoming an
artist someday so that she could share the beauty of her flowers.
During the last 15 years, Shirley’s work
has been featured in several one-person gallery shows in Boulder,
Colorado and Charleston, South Carolina. She has also been included in
many group invitational shows, including one at the Salmagundi Club in
New York City. Her work has been published in many art publications and
has even found its way onto the cover of Art Talk, published in
In 1996 Shirley met her husband, painter Ralph
Oberg, in Aspen, Colorado in a painting workshop taught by Michael
Lynch. They married in 1997 and moved to Montrose, Colorado where they
built their home, a studio, and a wonderful garden bursting with flowers
that appear regularly in her paintings.