Biography

Sheila MatherSheila Mather is a largely self-taught artist. Having spent most of her childhood with her crayons in her hand and a stack of paper in front of her, she logically chose a career in illustration and design. She worked as an independent designer/illustrator, first in partnership, designing display props, then as owner of Fabric Graphics, located in Gastown, Vancouver. Over 25 years Fabric Graphics completed many projects, ranging from private commissions to large public art installations. Many of these projects included illustration on fabric - the specialty of Fabric Graphics.

It was time for a change when she moved to the scenic Saanich Peninsula, on Vancouver Island. Still working as an illustrator she began to explore fine art painting. The response was overwhelming. She not only sold almost everything she painted but began winning awards at the Island's art shows, and was quickly taken on by a local gallery.

She works primarily in pastel, creating landscapes of layered colour. Her largest commission to date was a series of large pastel paintings of the twelve trees of Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, for the Qay'llnagaay Heritage Centre in Skidegate, British Columbia, Canada.

She has also recently begun to paint in oils and acrylics.

Artist's Statement

As an artist I’ve learned to observe the world in a different way - as light and shadow and colour and form - and I’ve become more keenly aware of the beauty that surrounds me.

My paintings are explorations of colour and light. I enjoy bold colour and strong composition, and my paintings are not finished until I’ve added some ‘wow’ factor – those little hits of colour that make them dance.

The act of painting is an adventure - you never know where it will take you, but the journey is always exciting.

Learning

  • Art and Merchandising Program, Vancouver City College
  • Emily Carr School of Art & Design, Vancouver - Various credit and non-credit courses
  • Workshops and classes:
    • Mike Svob, Canadian acrylic painter
    • Deborah Tilby, Victoria oil painter
    • Terry Masters, desert painter, California
    • Nancy Slaught, one of Victoria's top pastel artists
    • Susan Ogilvie and Doug Dawson, well known American pastel landscape artists
    • Andrew McDermott, award winning Vancouver pastel painter
    • KenCampbell, Victoria oil painter
    • Robert Burridge, American acrylic painter
    • Brian Simons, Victoria acrylic painter

Commissions

2004 - 2016

  • Haida Cultural Centre, Skidegate, BC
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge, North Vancouver
  • Yukon Suspension Bridge, Yukon Territories
  • Various private commissions

Awards & Recognition

  • Pastel Association of Canada Annual Juried Show, 2015 - Ursula Reese Grand Prize
  • Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts (SPAC) Fine Art Show 2015 - Juror's Favourite, Juror's Choice
  • SPAC Show 2013 - People's Choice, Juror's Choice, Juror's Favourite
  • SPAC Show 2011/12 - Juror's Choice
  • SPAC Show 2010 - Guest Artist
  • Sooke Fine Art Show 2009 - Honourable Mention
  • Sidney Fine Art Show 2005 - Juror's Choice
  • Sidney Fine Art Show, 2004 - Honourable Mention

Gallery Representation

View the paintings in the gallery