Painting and exhibiting mostly in the Midwest, Akers is inspired by her Creator, Family and Friends. She believes it's fun to remain a student of art and her surroundings in order to be objective and open-minded to life's learning moments. She is a life-long member of several local art organizations and, recently joined the Rockport Art Association in Massachusetts while painting at nearby Gloucester in 2016 While there she learned more about painting boats “En Plein-air” and made several friends in the arts. Having basically retired from her art teaching days, the artist enjoys road trips and revisits those places often in her sketchbooks, paintings and drawings. Her Kansas roots on a farm, with a small family herd of cattle and rolling hills tell a familiar story in many of her works. In June, 2019 she traveled to upstate New York (www.paintadirondacks.com) to paint the Adirondacks on location with 85 other artists, some nationally and internationally known. Continuing to learn, she is currently working on nocturne paintings in watercolor and acrylics. Shirley Akers has won numerous awards during her lifetime in the study of art and donates her works annually to PBS, Lights, Camera, Auction.