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Firstly, Thank you so much for your interest in my work. Now a bit about me and why I paint.
During the late 90's I lived in my gallery, the ec`Collective Gallery & Studio Cafe. It was an artist's way of life - surrounded by art and creative people, no real "clock" to live by, and yes...starving, and I loved every minute of it. My sons raised, I was my only responsibility. I was free, finally, to be me. Whew, I made it. Do you hear the other shoe drop?
That was almost 20 years ago. Maybe West Seattle wasn't ready for my ideas. Timing was off.
The quirky, artsy me, and the gallery came to an end with my first super bad luck with my health. I absolutely needed to change my ways, and myself. I needed health insurance! I tamed my unruly self and created a career that would take care of me. Well...it took care of the bills that kept coming.
After a decade plus of more challenging health issues that left me empty, weak and unrecognizable to myself, I was reminded by a few lifelong friends that I was still the Sheila they'd always known and believed in. They encouraged me to rediscover my creative spirit...my center. So I have! And I really, really want to have that "artist's way of life" (except for the starving part) again. I want to live in a space that I can create my art in and also have it provide a nurturing environment for other artists.
(Universe, do you hear me?)
I am a self-nurturing artist with no professional art education. No matter...I'm back with a tempered vengeance.
I'm inspired by flowers. I create MY flowers to fit the design I want to paint based upon their shapes and colors. With tongue-in-cheek, I reference my work to coloring book and paint-by-number art... their simplicity and flatness. Even though I’m a woman of a "certain age", I have a childlike view of the world; happy, bright and full of possibilities.
I'm using my website as a portfolio, as well as a catalog. I've expanded the LengleArt brand by adding ArtCards and "POPillow" covers. Soon I'll also be posting my writings.
I've been quite lucky that Diane Venti, proprietor of Alki Arts, continues to support my work by showing it first in her West Seattle location, and now in the Seattle gallery.
I'd love to hear anything you may want to share with me...Sheila@LengleArt.com.
Bye for now,