Sheila Brown grew up on the east Coast of America and moved to New Zealand in 1994. She became a professional artist soon after winning the opening Award at the Invercargill Licensing Trust Exhibition in 2005. More recently she was the recipient of first prize for the Gaye Croft Award in Dunedin.
She described her artwork this way: “I find that acrylics are best suited for my style of painting, which I would describe as a cross-over style: expressionism and abstract. I begin with the pallet knife to create the mood, laying down the foundation of my painting freely and spontaneously with patches of colour that have become very characteristic of my work. I then turn to the delicate bristles of the brush to tell the story, which requires a more disciplined and delicate approach to obtain the intimacy with the subject that I try to express. I am able to achieve the shades of colour quite easily and dramatically, exaggerating certain aspects of the subject. Although I enjoy all different subject matter, I find that I most often return to the Sea Birds, Native Birds and the wee Back Yard Birds, and of course the Seascapes and landscapes of this beautiful country.
I have a certain sense of surprise at the unexpected energy that evolves within me from living by the beach,estuary and the hills in Christchurch. My inspiration comes from my surroundings , it could be a morning walk down the beach, certain colours that ripple through the sea or the afternoon light in the Hills, listening to the song of the bell bird or the return of our godwits, fascinated with their journey…the inspiration is endless”.