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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Sheila M Evans


 Pure beauty !














Sheila M Evans


Education
Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington. Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art, 1988



Awards and Publications
Second Place Award and Honorable Mention, The Pastel Journal's Pastel 100 Competition, April 2013 Issue
"Fleeting Beauty: Collecting Floral and Botanical Art," American Art Collector Magazine, March 2013
Juror for Entry, Art in the Pearl, 2013
Juror for Entry, Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival, 2012
"From Bud to Bloom: Collecting Floral and Botanical Art," American Art Collector Magazine, March 2012
Museum purchase of Night Flight Study, St. Aulaye Pastel Museum, Saint Aulaye, Dordogne, France, 2011
Award for Creativity, Pastels Salon International, Saint Aulaye, Dordogne, France, 2011
“Au Coeur du Monde Végétal,” Pratique des Art Pastel Special Edition feature article, June 2011
Best of Drawing, Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival, 2011
Ascension 2, Oil on Canvas, 36” x 48”. Commissioned by Providence Medical Center, Everett, 2011
Best of Drawing, Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival, 2010
Pastellistes du Monde feature, Pratique des Art Pastel Special Edition, June 2010
Tinman Gallery 2D Merit Award, Artfest, 2010
Honorable Mention, The Pastel Journal's Pastel 100 Competition, April 2010 Issue
First Place in Drawing, Sausalito Art Festival, 2009
Benchmark Award, Art in the High Desert, 2009
President's Award, Edmonds Arts Festival, 2009
Two Honorable Mentions, The Pastel Journal's Pastel 100 Competition, April 2009 issue
Best of Drawing, Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival, 2007-2008
Pressworks 2008 Calendar "Up Close and Botanical," Pastel Journal feature, September/October 2007
Honorable Mention, The Pastel Journal's Pastel 100 Competition, April 2007 issue
Winner, Dakota Art Pastels' Catalogue Cover Competition, 2006
Honorable Mention, The Pastel Journal's Pastel 100 Competition, April 2006 issue
Addison-Meyers Award of Merit, Artfest, 2005
















I have been painting in pastel and oil for more than 25 years.

My inspiration comes from the light and forms in nature, and the sense of calm those things create. I work primarily with leaves and petals because they capture those sensations in a small but complete way, and because I enjoy their malleability. Their changeable forms allow me to use them as abstraction—as a sort of medium within a medium—to suggest skies, clouds, weather and flight. Other series include miniature landscapes and images of koi. Each piece becomes an environment for momentary escape.

Another inspiration for me is fine craft. I feel that craft is an essential component of art. It is important for me to take the time both to plan a painting and to make sure that painting is complete in every sense—composition, balance, color palette, finish level, quality of strokes… it should appear neither unfinished nor overworked. Quality of materials is also essential. I use only the purest pigments and archival materials in both creation and framing of my artwork.

My paintings are all original, one-of-a-kind works—never reproductions of any kind.


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