There was a lot of yarn stored in my studio. One day I had the idea to incorporate it into a painting. The title came from the fact that I had a fear of flying, which I overcame. This is one of seven works in a Hollywood movie to be released this year, American Pastoral, based on the Philip Roth novel. This painting is made of acrylic paint and strands of yarn on a gallery wrapped canvas. The painting continues around the sides, and it comes ready to hang. 

- Sheila Grabarsky

Some Birds Don't Fly

acrylics, strands of yarn on stretched canvas

Signed on front

24" h x 30" w x 2" d
4 lbs. 0 oz.



Sheila Grabarsky
Waretown, New Jersey

Getting to Know Sheila

Sheila Grabarsky is an abstract painter living and working on the New Jersey shore. She is known for her bold and expressive gestural brushstrokes, juxtaposition of contrasting colors, and spontaneity in her paintings. Sheila’s animated paintings have been compared to those of Vasily Kandinsky, the Russian painter and art theorist referred to as “the father of abstraction.” And, like Kandinsky, the essence of inner beauty and the potency of the human spirit are key factors in her art. Fun fact: Sheila’s work is featured in a 2016 movie called American Pastoral. The film, starring Ewan McGregor and Dakota Fanning, is set in post-war New York during the flourishing abstract expressionism movement.