Sheila knew that she was an artist at a very young age and recognized her ability as a gift and a calling from God. Her life-long journey in art began as a young girl who taught herself to paint by studying and copying the paintings of the old masters. She grew up in Brockville, Ontario and at age fourteen studied drawing under Mario Airomi, where her desire to become a professional artist was inspired and encouraged.
For the past thirty-plus years, Sheila’s focus has been on expressing her love of nature on canvas. Her acrylic paintings capture the strength and beauty found in creation through dramatic composition with a soft life-like quality that draws the viewer in. Her skill and versatility as a painter are demonstrated in the many and often unexpected subjects she portrays which often convey a message of hope. She also enjoys working in mixed media and sculpture but her true love is for painting.
Sheila’s work has received numerous awards and has gained international recognition in the world of wildlife art. Her paintings have been featured by many conservation organizations, such as Ducks Unlimited Canada and Artists for Conservation(AFC). Since her first show in 1982, Sheila continues to exhibit her art in many shows across Canada and beyond and is a perennial exhibitor at the prestigious Buckhorn Fine Art Festival (formerly the Buckhorn Wildlife Art Festival) located in Buckhorn, Ontario.
Her work can be found in many private and corporate collections around the world. In 2003 Sheila was the featured artist for WPBS TV Art Auction in Watertown New York, where one of her paintings, “Bountiful Beauty” set an overbid record.
From 2008 to 2014 Sheila and her husband George Hurst, ran their art galleries “Inspirations Art Gallery” and then “White Flag Gallery” in Brockville, Ontario. Both enjoyed creating and exhibiting their work alongside each other. After George’s sudden death in 2014, Sheila decided to close the gallery and for the first time in her life was unable to paint for well over a year. With much support from her family and friends and her deep faith in God, she was able to return to her easel. She now lives and paints in her new studio, in the village of Lyn, Ontario.
Knowing how fragile we are and how quickly our lives can change, has profoundly altered the direction of Sheila’s creativity. She feels that there is much more to be revealed within her art. Her journey as an artist began at age twelve with her first set of oil paints and continues to this day.
“Painting is my intimate time with God, a time of worship and a time of great peace.” ~ Sheila Ballantyne
Support for Conservation:
Artists for Conservation - percentage of sales (2010 & 2011)
Friends of Charleston Lake (2011)
Ducks Unlimited Canada (2001 & 2008)
Brockville Ducks Unlimited Fundraiser (2009 & 2010)
Trumpeter Swan Program - Mac Johnson Wildlife Area (2007)
Friends of the Osprey - Kawartha Lakes (2005)
Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters (1999)
O.S.P.C.A. Humane Society - Brockville (1997 to present)
Buckhorn Community Center
Services Assistance for Independent Living (SAIL)
- 2016 - Majestic
Chosen for "The Art of Conservation" virtual show and coffee table book.
- 2015 - Adelaide Island
Artists for Conservation selects “Adelaide Island” for “The Art of Conservation” Festival Exhibit, Grouse My. Vancouver and on to Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
- 2013 - Silo Haunt
Sheila's painting "Silo Haunt" was chosen for inclusion in the "Annual Juried Art Salon" - , Kingston Ontario.
- 2012 - "Red-wing"
Buckhorn Fine Art Festival selects "Red-wing" as their 35th year anniversary promotional piece.
- 2012 - Silo Haunt and Close Encounter
Artists for Conservation selects "Close Encounter" and "Silo Haunt" for their 5th Annual "The Art of Conservation" Festival Exhibit at Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver BC.
- 2011 - People's Choice Award - Spirit of the Land
Sheila's painting "Timeless" captures People's Choice Award in "Spirit of the Land", Marianne van Silfhout's 4th Annual juried art show, St. Lawrence College, Brockville, Ontario.
- 2011 - Along The River's Edge
1000 Islands Arts Center of Clayton, New York, selects "Whispering Pines" for their Along The River's Edge art show.
- 2011 - Kingston Arts Council's Juried Art Salon
Sheila''s "Under Surveillance" is selected for this 10th Annual Juried Show.
- 2011 - The Art of Conservation
Artists for Conservation selects "Under Surveillance" and "Timeless" for their 4th Annual "The Art of Conservation" Show
- 2010 - Three Horse Art Studio 4th Annual Show
Sheila's painting "Tomahawk Rock" was selected by the show visitors as "The People's Choice". This annual show in Eastern Ontario features the talents of a number of local fine artists.
- 2010 - AFC's
Artists for Conservation selects "Tomahawk Rock" and "Grace" for inclusion their 2010 "The Art of Conservation" Annual Show
- 2010 - Kingston Arts Council selects Tomahawk Rock
Kingston Arts Council selects “Tomahawk Rock” painting for their 9th Annual Juried Art Salon. The exhibition is being held at the Wilson Room of the Kingston Frontenac public Library from May 1 to May 29th, 2010.
- 2009 - 1000 Islands Art Center, Clayton New York
Sheila's painting "River Watch" is selected for this International "Along The River's Edge Art Show and Sale" running from July 9th through August 28, 2009.
- 2009 - MVS Gallery St. Lawrence College, Brockville, Ontario
Sheila has two paintings selected for the second annual juried art show "Intrigue into the 1000 Islands". "Melancholy George" and "The Point" were selected for showing in the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery during the period of June 29 to August 9, 2009.
- 2008 - Ducks Unlimited Canada Art Portfolio Selection
Sheila's painting Thrill Seekers is selected for the DU Canada 2008 Art Portfolio.
- 2008 - Awarded Juror's Choice at Clayton New York Art Show & Sale
Sheila's painting "Front Row Seats" was awarded Juror's Choice Award at the Handweaving Museum and Arts Center show aptly named, Along the River's Edge. The chosen painting was one of three of Sheila's entries selected for this prestigious juried show.
- 2004 - Parks Canada St. Lawrence Islands National Park
Parks Canada St. Lawrence Islands National Park honours a Purchase Award to Sheila. The selected painting becomes an addition to their permanent collection.
- 2003 - Featured artist on New York WPBS-TV Annual Art Auction
As featured artist on WPBS-TV Annual Art Auction Sheila's painting Bountiful Beauty set an overbid record of US$6,400. "Natural Instincts", a half hour documentary about Sheila and her art, was produced and shown on WPBS TV, Watertown, New York.
- 2002 - Frederick Remington Museum (Odgensburg NY) International Juried Art Show participant
Sheila watercolour Spring Harvest was selected to the Frederick Remington Museum (Odgensburg NY) International Juried Art Show.
- 2001 - Ducks Unlimited Canada Art Portfolio Selection
Ducks Unlimited Canada selects two paintings for DU 2001 art print portfolio. A rarity with a mulyiple selection Sheila's Free Spirits and Freedom of Flight attracted the jurys attention.
- 1999 - Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters
Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters selects Sheila's White-tailed Buck for placement in their 2000 calendar.
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