Sheila Evans earned a bachelor's degree in Fine Art from Spokane's Gonzaga University in 1988. There she studied oil painting and drawing, eventually branching out into pastels. Pastels served as Sheila's primary medium for the next twenty years as she worked as a graphic designer.
In 2008 she became a full-time fine artist, selling her work in galleries and top-tier art festivals across the country. Along the way, her pastel work earned numerous awards, as well as feature articles in publications including the Pastel Journal and France's Pratique des Artes.
During the past several years, Sheila has rediscovered a passion for oil painting, which allows her to create her organic environments on a larger scale. Sheila continues to exhibit and sell her work in galleries, online, and at art festivals. She particularly enjoys festivals for the travel, camaraderie with other artists, and inspiring immersion into a world of art beyond her studio walls.
Sheila currently lives in Spokane with her husband, his two teenagers, and two cats. Their 100-year-old house on Spokane's South Hill lies walking distance from Manito Park, where Sheila finds a majority of her inspiration.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2014 - Mixology, Mizuna, Spokane
2013 - Pastel and Oil Exhibit, Vashon Allied Arts Gallery, Vashon Island (two–person exhibit)
2013 - Head in the Clouds, Tinman Gallery, Spokane
2012 - Earth and Sky, Tinman Gallery, Spokane
2010 - Autumn Inspiration, River Bend Fine Art Gallery, Bend
2010 - Metamorphosis, Kress Gallery, Spokane
2010 - Etudes for the Equinox, Tinman Gallery, Spokane
2007 - Silent Spaces, Kress Gallery, Spokane
2006 - Oswego Lake Gallery, Lake Oswego
2006 - The Metropolitan Performing Arts Center Gallery, Spokane
2006 - Rhythm and Silence: the Ambient Series, Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle
2006 - Small Works, Artisan’s Wares, Spokane
2005 - Earthly Pursuits, The Fox Gallery, Spokane (two-person exhibit)
2004 - The Metropolitan Performing Arts Center Gallery, Spokane (two shows)
2003 - Harvest, Café MAC, Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Spokane
1998 - Mizuna, Spokane
1997 - A Change of Season, Anaconda Grille, Spokane
1996 - Solstice, Anaconda Grille, Spokane
Selected Group Exhibitions
2014 - Pastels Salon International, International Exhibition Hall, Saint Aulaye, Dordogne, France (3 years)
2014 - 6” Squared, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa (3 years)
2010 - Best of Small Paintings, Sculptures and Mixed Media, Tinman Gallery, Spokane, (2 years)
2010 - Alice in Wonderland Invitational, Tinman Gallery, Spokane
2009 - Art Spirit Gallery’s 11th Annual Small Artworks Invitational, Art Spirit Gallery, Coeur d’Alene
2006 - Pastel Society of America’s 34th Open Juried Exhibition, New York City
2005 - Northwest Pastel Society International Open Exhibit (3 years)
2005 - Pastels U.S.A., Pastel Society of the West Coast 19th International Open Exhibit, San Luis Obispo
2004 - France, Flora, Fish and F-stops: Four Artists’ Work, Spokane
2003 - Lone Star Pastel Society National Juried Exhibition, Amarillo
Light and color dictate my emotions more than they probably should. Overhead lighting depresses me. Certain shades of yellow make me queasy. Slanted, golden light on a summer evening is pure heaven.
In my work I pursue tranquility through color and light. Using familiar organic forms as my palette, I transcend subject matter to focus on an underlying emotional response. Often my paintings contain dual subjects, as one image suggests another: leaves, petals and stems become fireflies, clouds and lightning.
Despite the liberties taken with these forms, viewers frequently mistake my pastels and oil paintings for photographs. This is not intentional. However, I do take care to keep lighting and color consistent. While the jarring sensation that something is "off" destroys the intention of calm, harmony in an image invites the eye—and mind—to rest.
A deep love of craft drives my need to create almost-inhabitable images. I believe the spirit of fine craft should exist in all art. As a result, I use only the finest archival materials to create and present my work. Highest-quality professional pastels on archival pastel papers are presented to museum standards. Oil paintings are created on linen and canvas hand stretched over sturdy hardwood frames. Each painting is carefully made to bring contentment and to endure.
2014 - Green Art: Trees, Leaves and Roots. Ashley Rooney, Ed.
2013 - “Fleeting Beauty: Collecting Floral and Botanical Art,” American Art Collector Magazine
2012 - “From Bud to Bloom: Collecting Floral and Botanical Art,” American Art Collector Magazine
Best of Worldwide Charcoal, Pastel & Pencil Artists Volume II
2011 - “Au Coeur du Monde Végétal,” Pratique des Art Pastel Special Edition feature article
2011 - “Leaves of Light: The Art of Sheila Evans,” Signals, the Spokane Club Magazine. Kate Spencer, Ed.
2010 - “Nature’s Beauty Inspires Artist,” Spokesman-Review, article by Jennifer LaRue
Pastellistes du Monde feature, Pratique des Art Pastel Special Edition
2007 - “Up Close and Botanical,” Pastel Journal feature article
Awards and Commissions
2015 - Addison-Myers Award, Artfest
2013 - Second Place Award and Honorable Mention, The Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 Competition
2011 - Award for Creativity, Pastels Salon International, Saint Aulaye, Dordogne, France
Ascension 2, Oil on Canvas, 36” x 48”. Commissioned by Providence Medical Center, Everett
2011 - Best of Drawing, Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival
2010 - Tinman Gallery 2D Merit Award, Artfest
2009 - Best of Drawing, Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival
2010 - Two Honorable Mentions, Pastel 100 competition, Pastel Journal magazine
2009 - First Place in Drawing, Sausalito Art Festival
2009 - Benchmark Award, Art in the High Desert
2009 - President’s Award, Edmonds Arts Festival
2009 - Honorable Mention, Pastel 100 competition, Pastel Journal magazine
2008 - Best of Drawing, Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival
2007 - Best of Drawing, Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival
2007 - Honorable Mention, Annual Pastel 100 competition, Pastel Journal magazine
2006 - Winner, Dakota Art Pastels Catalogue Cover Competition
2006 - Honorable Mention, Annual Pastel 100 competition, Pastel Journal magazine
2005 - Addison-Myers Award, Artfest
2004 - Award of Merit, Northwest Pastel Society 18th International Open Exhibit
- St. Aulaye Pastel Museum, Saint Aulaye, Dordogne, France
- Providence Medical Center, Everett
- Group Health - Rockwood Clinic
- Leonetti Cellar
- WSU Spokane