I’ve always been drawn to the strength and grace of the sky, land, and sea... to the rightness. My latest works are abstracted scenes of vast quiet places. My goal is to create a visual memory of a spiritual moment in time... to create an enduring and timeless connection to the natural world in which we dwell.
I begin a painting with the intent of capturing a specific emotion, spirit and rhythm from a scene observed in nature. To capture that emotion, I employ a hundred subtle variations of color, adjusting color against color, and contrast from light to dark, muted hue against vibrant notes.
Becoming absorbed in the creative process, I lose my sense of self and simply use color, texture, and pattern intuitively, making adjustments to the work as I progress. Only after I have ‘come back to myself’ later – often hours into the painting session – do I look at the painting with an objective eye, and ask, ‘Does this image capture the grace and the ethereal power of the scene?’
This process of discovery may continue for days, weeks, or months. I know a painting is complete when it takes on a luminous quality of light and color... a life of its own.
My paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe. I've received recognition from the National Arts Appreciation Program, as well as a prestigious show of work at Picasso's atelier at L’Espace Bateau Lavior in Paris.
My work in the fine arts has been documented over the years by Gold River Scene Magazine, a 1997 cover feature entitled, “Art and The Passion for Collecting,” again in the winter of 1998 with “Sheila Finch, An Appreciation,” and most recently in the Fall 2002 cover feature entitled, “The Art of Sheila Finch Revisited.” Additionally, my painting “Strands of Gold” is featured on the book cover of "The Land's Wild Music: Encounters with Barry Lopez, Peter Matthiessen, Terry Tempest Williams, & James Galvin," by Mark Tredinnick.