Sheila was from a painting family, she always painted and after taking a geography degree at Glasgow University she was persuaded to go down to London to train as an artist by her uncle the prominent Iain Macnab (1890- 1967). He himself was a well-respected modern British Artist and principal of Grosvenor School of Art from 1925-1940.
Sheila then became a full-time painter being influenced by Joan Eardley, Anne Redpath and Duncan Shanks which clearly shows by her flamboyant use of colour in these works from Normandy as she was nearing her height as an artist. In fact, at the Royal Academy London summer show of 1999 the then President of the Royal Academy Sir Philip Dowson C.B.E. singled out for praise Sheila’s exhibited painting “Andalucian Fields” in his statement to the Daily Telegraph newspaper on this prestigious exhibition.
Many awards were won by Sheila a prolific exhibitor at all the major art shows throughout the United Kingdom in her long career, including the Scottish Society of Woman Artists (Anne Redpath Award).
We are delighted to show a selection from Sheila’s Normandy Collection.