(b. 1956, United States)
Sheila England was born inTeaneck New Jersey in 1956. She started drawing at an early age, her skills and maturity developing solely by practice. When her two children had completed their academic careers (she chose to be a “stay at home Mother” during this period), Sheila decided to take the opportunity to complete her formal art education and skills in an academic environment, developing her skills, learning, and improving her portfolio (and in the process trying to educate her husband — a theoretical astrophysicist — in the relevance, appreciation and subtleties of art. ) She received a BS in Painting, Printmaking and Drawing from Towson University in 2013
Sheila has exhibited locally in Annapolis Md., Baltimore Md. and Arlington VA. She received an Honorable Mention for her work “End of the Day” from juror Mark Cameron Boyd of the Corcoran School of Arts and Design at the show “Mayhem” held at the Gallery Underground in Arlington VA. His comments:
Mayhem can present itself as simply as a man quietly sifting through his frenetic thoughts, at the “End of the Day.” Sheila England’s pen-and-ink drawing records one such “day’s end,” her protagonist lost in reverie — or is it anguish? — struggling to make sense of life’s insidious and circuitous questions, eloquently represented by the calligraphic cacophony around his head. Why are we here? And what does it all mean?
Sheila’s most recent style of drawing evolved several years ago while finishing her degree at Towson University. The evening advanced painting class was told to use the last hour to draw. Without ruminating too much she dove right in, letting her hand, pen and imagination kick in. It felt right. Her instructors encouraging her to work with it inspiring her to grab those “moments of truth” and just do it! She also realized that, one must have faith in the lines and a story/image will reveal itself. Having an ability to gain access to an inner sanctum of creativity is such a precious thing! She tries not to waste these moments and always has some sort of drawing material with her nearly everywhere she goes.
Towson University, Bachelor of Science in Fine Art, concentration in Painting, Printmaking & Drawing 2013
Arundel Community College, Associates, Fine Art, 2000
Random Lines, A Solo Exhibition :Storage Space Gallery, Towson University Center of Fine Arts, September 2013
2013 Towson University Senior Art Show
Lotta Art : Baltimore 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Word on the Street: Baltimore 2012
Mayhem: Art About Chaos :National juried show ,Gallery Underground, May 2014, Arlington, Virginia, Honorable Mention for: End Of The Day. Juror: Mark Cameron Boyd, Corcoran Gallery of Art/College of Art & Design, Washington, DC Image and Imagination: Anne Arundel County Juried Exhibition : Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland – May 21 – June 7, 2015
Solo Exhibit of Selected Works: Old Fox Books, 35 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis Md. – March 2017 –