Sheila Findlay

ELECTED ARWS 1969 & RWS 1982


Born in 1928 in Angus, Scotland, Sheila Findlay studied art at Edinburgh College of Art 1945-1951 and specialised in stained glass and mural painting with Leonard Rosoman. Her postgraduate studies, 1949-1950, were followed by an award of a year travelling scholarship in France, Italy and Sweden. 

Sheila moved to London in 1951, working as a freelance designer / illustrator in Chelsea. She produced work for leading publishing houses such as Faber & Faber, Bodley Head, Adprint, The Medici Society, etc. She exhibited in The Royal Academy, Young Contemporaries, The London Group, Paintings for Schools, and Britain in Watercolours. 

Sheila says of her practice, "My painting is based around the themes of still life, landscape and interior, which I render through a combination of observation, memory and imagination. I find my inspiration in my home environment and in the East Coast of Scotland where I grew up. My training in Edinburgh in still life and watercolour, and my experience as a student of stained glass and mural painting still informs my approach and choices regarding colour, composition and scale. I like the flexibility of watercolour – working from a freely painted full scale ‘rough’ I may move from my point of reference, making adjustments to the colour and shape and placement of objects according to the needs of the painting and the rhythm, mood and atmosphere of the final image."