Artist Sheila Simpson

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Artist Statement
My reaction to the spirit of the locale and the feelings I have for the subject matter influence how I attack the canvas, what tools I use, and what colors I choose. While some subjects I gravitate to may be faithfully rendered, I do not want to be a slave to the obvious. What you see in my work is my impression of that moment in time. The background has been given an ethereal quality because I've started a narrative that I want the viewer to complete. Place can be anywhere. A friend calls it contemporary nostalgia.
When working on a landscape painting, the approach is similar. To create the muti-layered, textured surface, I rely heavily on spackle knives, pallet knives and pouring techniques, and keep the use of brushes to a minimum. Acrylics work well with this format because of their versatility. The process is one of exploration, risk taking, and problem solving.
I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to make art and hope that it contributes in small part to the happiness of others.
BA in Art, Morehead State University
MA, Art Education, University of Kentucky
An extensive professional background: Graphic Design, Photography, Marketing and Public Relations,  Community Education, and Project Management.
Professors who have influenced my art: Bob Franzini, Doug Adams, Joe Sartor, Ebony Patterson, and Artruo Sandoval.
Painting workshops with the following artists have been invaluable: Tom Bluemlein, Bill Fletcher, Bob Sandford, and Dreama Tolle Perry
Group Exhibits: Morehead State University, Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Tuska Museum, and the Winchester Art Guild.

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