About my art

As a child, I spent much of my time with my head in a book or lost in a daydream. I loved stories, and longed to be able to tell my own. But when, eventually, I tried to write my own stories, I found myself at a loss. I couldn’t make the words say what I wanted to say. Pictures and drawings and things seemed to convey so much more for me than words on a page.  

My work celebrates my fascination with things that tell rich stories. I'm drawn to old books, magazines, letters, photos, and bits of paper we might find lying on the street, or lingering in the back of a junk drawer—items that once held great meaning, but are now likely to be overlooked or thrown away without a second thought. Using a range of techniques, from collage to sewing to print making, I reconfigure and reconnect these discarded pieces into new stories that give them new life and new meaning.  


Shirley Bunger was born and brought up in the Bay Area. She's a third generation Californian who spent many childhood summers in Colorado. She's the youngest of five children and grew up in a family of educators.

Shirley earned a B.A. in International Relations from the University of California at Davis and an MBA from Santa Clara University. She works as a brand and strategy consultant, focusing on helping companies create brands people love.

As an artist, she's largely self-taught. She's taken classes through The Pacific Art League, San Francisco Center for the Book, Palo Alto Art Center, Oregon College of Art and Craft, and Stanford University Continuing Studies, and workshops with a handful of prominent Bay Area artists. She participates in a monthly art critique group with a group of talented artists who have helped her develop her artistic eye and voice. She currently focuses on mixed media, collage, and alternative photography, but has dabbled in painting and drawing in the past.

Shirley currently lives and works in Redwood City.



  • The Art Center of Redwood City & San Carlos, San Carlos, CA – ongoing


  • Redwood City Holiday Open Studios, The Art Center, San Carlos, CA December, 2018


  • Silicon Valley Open Studios, The Art Center, San Carlos, CA – May 5-6, 2018
  • Harvest Warehouse Pop-Up Art Show – Redwood City, CA – February 23-March 2, 2018
  • Redwood City Holiday Open Studios, The Art Center, San Carlos, CA December 2-3, 2017
  • Two-person show, Keller Williams, San Carlos – June, 2017
  • Silicon Valley Open Studios, The Art Center, San Carlos, CA – May 6-7, 2017
  • Member shows, The Main Gallery, Redwood City, CA – March 2016 - March 2017
  • Public Alchemy II, Cubberley Art Studios, Palo Alto, CA February 25 - March 18, 2017
  • Redwood City Holiday Open Studios, The Art Center, San Carlos, CA December 4, 2016
  • Reclaimed: Elevating the Art of Reuse, juried show sponsored by SCRAP at the Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA October 1 - 22, 2016 (Jury: Deborah Munk - Manager, Recology Artist-in-Residence Program, Andres Guerrero - Andres Guerrero Gallery, Dianne Platner - SCRAP)
  • Alana's Cafe, Redwood City, CA August 28 - November 13, 2016
  • Connecting Points (two person show), The Main Gallery, Redwood City, CA – June 29 - July 31, 2016
  • Silicon Valley Open Studios, The Art Center, San Carlos, CA – May 2016
  • Salon des Réusés, Nielsen Arts, Berkeley, CA – 2014
  • Member show, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA – 2000
  • Client/Creative invitational show, Landor Associates, San Francisco, CA – 2000