Shirley told Aspire: “I actually studied for one year to be a lawyer but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I studied art for a while in the early 60s and thankfully sold my first painting in the late 1960s, but most of my skills have come through practice. I’ve spent many years travelling the world and when I’ve not been in the river fishing, I’ve been painting the scene, trying to capture the essence of a place.

“I use oil because I love to paint big pictures that I like to refer to as ‘soul’ paintings. I’m inspired by anything, it can be the light, the sky, a reflection, anything magical that catches my eye. For that reason, I rarely work from photos, although they are sometimes a good visual aid. I paint from life, but my paintings are an impression of a place as I leave out any ugly details, like cars, or telephone poles.”

As one of Norfolk’s best-known landscape painters, Shirley Carnt portrays the ever-changing light and big open skies of the marsh, sea and coastline of the east coast of England. Having lived on the Norfolk coast for most of her life, Shirley knows the area extremely well.

Shirley Carnt (Deterding) is a truly international artist who, since the 60s, has exhibited worldwide with regular shows in Central London as well as her annual exhibitions in her native Norfolk, England.

Shirley Carnt (Deterding) is a truly international artist who, since the 60s, has exhibited worldwide with regular shows in Central London as well as her annual exhibitions in her native Norfolk, England.