Welcome to the website of Sheila Jones, painter and illustrator.

Sheila lives in Victoria, B. C. where the ocean is close and the forests are closer. She always wanted to be an artist ‘when she grew up,’ but when she went off to art school she discovered that it wasn’t quite what she’d expected. Instead of classes on painting and mixing colour, the days were mostly spent watching the teachers leave to work on their own projects, so her first semester was also her last.

She spent many years doing other things, and once her kids were grown up, she decided that it was time to do what she’d wanted to do all along: be an artist. The homeschool room turned into a studio, the desk turned into easel, and all those art supplies the family had acquired over the years were put to serious use, although nowadays she works primarily in gouache, which is a kind of thick, opaque watercolour, and ink.

She is inspired by artists like Julie Paschkis, Carson Ellis, and Lisbeth Zwerger, and if you asked her what kind of work she does, she usually answers “folk art, sort of.” She draws inspiration from medieval stained glass, so luminous and beautiful, along with elements from nature (rain, sunshine, gardens, birds, oceans, dark winter nights). She finds a mysterious delight in the mundane.

To see recent paintings, click on an image in the galleries at the bottom of this page (keep scrolling down), or check out the Recent Work section. If interested in purchasing calendars or art cards, please click on the SHOP link.

Thanks for visiting. Don’t forget, for a more updated view of Sheila’s work, please check out her Instagram account or her Facebook page (both links on this page, look up and right, where the Other Social Media section is).

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