Sheila Mather is a largely self-taught artist. Having spent most of her childhood with crayons in hand and a stack of paper, she logically chose a career in illustration and design. She has worked as an independent designer/illustrator, first in partnership designing display props, then as owner of Fabric Graphics in Vancouver’s Gastown. Over her 25 year ownership Fabric Graphics completed many projects ranging from private commissions to large public art installations. Many of these projects included illustration on fabric – the specialty of Fabric Graphics.
Needed a change and new challenge, Sheila moved to the scenic Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island. Till working as an illustrator she began to explore painting and found the response to her work overwhelming. She not only sold almost everything she painted, but began winning awards at Island art shows, and was very quickly taken on by local galleries.
She works primarily in pastel, creating landscapes of layered colour. Her largest commission to date was a series of pastel paintings of the twelve trees of Haida Gwaii for the Q’ayllnagaay Heritage Centre in Skidegate, BC.
Sheila is represented exclusively on Salt Spring Island by Gallery 8.