Southern born American, Sheila has lived 19 of her years in the state of Maine. Inspired by Nature she has studied Maine Birds and Wildlife, painting, photographing and writing. Sheila's Longlife Arts Studio rest along side Goose River in Belfast, her life beside the river is slow and quiet. Studying Goose River wildlife for 10 years you find in her photographic stories that she strives to simplify the scene, only giving you what is needed to tell a tale from Nature.
From Nature never take what is not given to you is the rule she lives by daily. Telling a story, usually with a soft, poetic point of view , she sometimes gives wildlife human qualities. She quietly moves among the wildlife waiting for hours sometimes to catch the desired recording of Nature.
Three years was spent living in Japan and while there she studied Sumi painting & Japanese Doll-making, she was greatly influenced by Asian art and has developed a photographic style she has labeled as
In her Impressionism, she waits patiently for the perfect light and reflection and manipulates her Nikon Camera at the right moment to capture the image that tells a short story of Nature. She has artwork from Florida, Hawaii, Maine and Japan. During her years she lived in Japan three years and travelled to Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand, and Hawaii.