Shirley Lynn moved from England to the United States in 1987. She graduated from Harrow School of Art in London in 1978, with a degree in Illustration. She worked in London until 1986 as an illustrator, book designer, graphic artist and studio manager, while also painting on commission.
On her arrival in New Mexico, she was inspired by the beauty of the light and landscape. She became a landscape painter, and showed at several galleries, while also illustrating for New Mexico Magazine, Cowboys and Indians Magazine, The Santa Fean Magazine, Houghton and Mifflin Book Publishers and Red Crane Books.
After an inspirational trip to the Galapagos Islands in 2006, Shirley began to paint wildlife to help raise awareness of what we are doing to our environment. She started painting wildlife from the Galapagos Islands and began a fundraiser to help protect this unique place, donating a percentage of painting sales to the Galapagos Foundation.
This led to paintings of New Mexico wildlife, and in turn to wildlife from other places, the focus always on preservation of our natural world. She lives with her daughter Sienna in Santa Fe, New Mexico; painting at her studio, or illustrating and painting for clients.
Her work can be seen at Liza Williams Gallery, and at Scripps Fine Art, both in Santa Fe. Handmade cards and prints are also available at these galleries, and at the Museums of New Mexico Shops in Santa Fe, Bishops Lodge in Tesuque and Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos.