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Biography

Sheila was chosen 2014 Honorary Lifetime Artist Member by the historic Mountain Oyster Club in Tucson at its 45th annual Western Art Show. A love of old west history and particularly her family’s lives in Texas in the 1800’s and then early Arizona inspire most of Sheila’s paintings. The Wells clan arrived April 18, 1900, in 7 covered wagons at the abandoned Fort Bowie in southeast Arizona. They set up homesteads throughout Sulphur Springs Valley and freighted ore between mining towns, ran the Wells Brothers Overland Service, operated one of the Indian trading posts and quarried stone for the great old Gadsden Hotel in Douglas. R G Wells became a deputy sheriff in Tombstone and had numerous run-ins with horse thieves and rustlers. Sheila says, “I enjoy painting anything to do with the west, past and present, but especially love illustrating the tales of pioneering adventures my family experienced.”

She studied at the University of Arizona and Scottsdale Artists School, but considers her real painting education began with her tutorship under James Reynolds starting in 1983. A career highlight was a joint show with Jim at Claggett-Rey Gallery, Vail Colorado in 2005.

 

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