Botanical painting is Sheila’s foremost interest and today she is regarded as one of the world’s leading proponents. Her art has been exhibited at the Royal Academy. Her paintings are on permanent exhibition at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in Pennsylvania, and works are included in the most important contemporary collections of botanical art.
Early in her career Sheila was encouraged by Wilfrid Blunt who recognised the degree of detail and botanical accuracy in her work, he said: “your plants are alive on the paper” and he compared her work to that of Francis and Ferdinand Bauer.
Sheila is also passionate about the natural world in general. Indeed the worldwide interst in her painting of the flora and fauna of Warren Copse, saved 40 acres of Old Windsor Forest from becoming a motorway service station. Sheila has designed products for many leading environmental charities, which helps to fulfil her wish to engage young people with nature conservation.
She has been sharing her great skills with others for many years including lecturing at Brunel University, and in adult education.
Further details of her qualifications and awards
The painting shown is of Iris Gingerman. The plant itself is some 30 -40 cms tall. The detailed images to the right are therefore larger than life size and so demonstrate the degree of detail Sheila achieves in her painting.