Sheila Edwards

Born in Kent and educated in Swansea, taking Art, English and History to A Level.

I trained as an art teacher at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, Wilts and taught in secondary schools until the first of two sons was born. 

I then returned to painting in oils, exhibiting locally in Swansea & Gower, beginning to paint in watercolour in 1980, and was accepted into the Watercolour Society of Wales in 1985, exhibiting with them regularly since then.

Other exhibitions include:  Swansea Women Artists - Mannheim, Germany; Old Bell Gallery, Chepstow; Trapp Gallery; Colby Gallery; Three Women artists, Ceri Richards Gallery, University College, Swansea; Galleries in Mumbles, Gower and Swansea, Laing exhibitions in Winchester, Bristol and The Mall Gallery, London.

Work in private collections in Germany, Switzerland, Canada and New Zealand.

I have also painted murals and pub signs and illustrated books.

I have been a part time lecturer at the West Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education in illustration, basic design, objective and analytical drawing, colour theory and life drawing; I have run adult education evening classes and now organise painting and drawing weeks for friends…we have taken part in “The Big Draw” each year since 2012.

Statement

I have always been compelled to draw and paint images that appeal to me - people I love; light on the landscape; rhythms and patterns in nature. Drawing involves careful observation, enabling me to understand the structure and form of the subject. Painting in watercolour I find more intuitive, enjoying the power of colour to create space as well as stirring emotions.  I search for a balance - true to the image that inspired me, while allowing the paint to run wet and free to create something new. I don’t think I have fully achieved this yet but am excited as I begin a new picture…this might be the one!

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