My heart beats faster
My mind goes wild
My spirit soars
My soul is fed when I create ...
I am an artist.
If you want to see my work NOW, click on "Gallery".
During the late 90's I lived in my gallery, the ec`Collective Gallery & Studio Cafe'. It was an artist's way of life to me- 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.
Thud. That was the other shoe dropping.
Following is an article that appeared in the West Seattle Herald - 10/9/1996
If you have the time and interest to read it, double click on the parts you want to read.
That was almost 20 years ago. Maybe West Seattle wasn't ready for my ideas. Too early for trendsetting. 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.
Universe, do you hear me?
I am a self-nurturing artist with no professional art education. That works for me because I don't know what I'm doing wrong so I do anything I want. The only hold back, most Galleries want a pedigree before they'll represent the work. So a big hug and thank you to Diane, owner of Alki Arts Gallery, who took a chance and showed my work in her West Seattle then her Seattle galleries.
Even though I’m a woman of a "certain age", I still have a childlike view of the world; happy, bright and full of possibilities. I'm inspired by the complexity, and the simplicity of flowers. I create MY flowers to fit the design I want to paint based upon their shapes and colors. With tongue-in-cheek (when I get asked), I reference my work to coloring book and paint-by-number art... their simplicity and flatness. Sometime there's not an iota of space uncovered by paint (the more is better thing), and sometimes I actually do a bit of editing to my design.
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. Also, I'm going great guns on find free venues to produce art shows for emerging artists. I've done several at my patrons, Sarah Cecil and Rob Martin's home on Puget Sound. Last year I was able to do a show on the parking lot of West Seattle's Les Schwab Tires! I have two credos that I seem to live by: "You don't ask, you don't get" and "When some is good, more is better".
Soon I'll also be posting my thoughts- just to get them out of my head and into the ethers- and questions on art, life and anything else that tickles my fancy...maybe some tortured poetry and fictional and true stories. That is, if I can figure out how to create a blog and link to it. Ah, the wild and wonderful world of technology.
I'd love to hear anything you may want to share with me...Sheila@LengleArt.com.
Bye for now,