has always been a part of Sheila’s life, growing up in a log cabin in the Santa Cruz Mountains to parents who
were both artists. Nature, raising
animals, a love of gardening and a profound love of horses and the outdoors was
also a big influence on her creativity. Learning to paint with watercolors
started in high school, with art classes in Santa Cruz, Art History and
Design at Cabrillo College, botanical
illustration classes in Ben Lomond, workshops in the
Sierra Foothills with Columbia College instructor Gerion Rios, and Vienna Watkins, Martha Wallace, Dale Laitinen. A love of
artists like J.M.W. Turner, Georgia O'Keefe and Marie Gabrielle also made a
strong impression on her style. A career
in floral design and paintings by Matisse have also influenced her vision and
creativity expanding her art into intricate paper cuttings as well.
was lucky to have raised her family where she was raised, giving her the
ability to pass on her love of nature, the outdoors and art to her two
sons. In 2003 she moved to Vallecito and
currently lives in Murphys, giving her plenty of opportunities to explore and
paint in the beautiful Sierra Foothills.
She has also taken up photography to not only explore that art form but
to give her more insight into seeing light and composition for her
is currently a member of The Golden Palette and her watercolors and photography
have been on display at the Hovey Winery in Murphys and won First Place awards in the
professional division at the Calaveras County Fair.
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