Cleaning my tiny studio revives my sense of self and creativity.
Taking my time as I do it.
Thinking about all the work I've done in the past.
Thinking about what I'll do in the future.
I come across old lost treasures
and forgotten dreams.
My heart beats faster
My mind goes wild
My spirit soars and my soul is fed
When I create by hand or thought I'm alive.
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. My sons raised, I was my only responsibility. Not like farming, but it was a hard life, and I loved every minute of it.
Following is an article that appeared in the West Seattle Herald - 10/9/1996
If you have the time and interest, double click on the parts you want to read.
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 my body, but but since it had a taste of who it was suppose to really be, a yearning and loss of purpose were in my soul.
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" and will strive for it as long as I can.
UNIVERSE, DO YOU HEAR ME?!
I am a self-nurturing artist with no professional art education. That works for me because if 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 Venti, 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. For over five years I've been in love with flowers. I create MY flowers to fit the design I want to paint based upon their shapes and colors and their joy. Sometime there's not an iota of space on my canvas uncovered by paint (the more is better thing), and sometimes I actually do a bit of editing to my design. Somethings brewing within me now, and I feel like I may be done woth flowers. I'm not sure yet on what's next though. It's so exciting!!!
I'm going great guns on find free space venues to produce art shows for me and other artists. I've done several shows at my patrons', Sarah Cecil and Rob Martin's home on Puget Sound. I was able to put on a show 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". Now I'm partnering with the Highland Park Improvement Club, it's been a neighborhood gathering place since 1919, to provide an art appreciation show and sales event. Click on "Art@HPIC" from the menu if you're an artist intersted in finding out more.
I'd love to hear anything you may want to share with me...Sheila@LengleArt.com.