“I’ve always been drawn to the grace and natural beauty of the land and sky. My latest paintings are created from the scenes along Highway One between San Francisco and Monterey. Splitting my time between my studio and painting outdoors, I like to begin a painting with the intent of capturing my emotional response to a scene. To capture that emotion, I employ a hundred subtle variations of color and contrast. 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 in the United States and also Europe. I have received recognition from the National Arts Appreciation Program, as well as a prestigious show of my paintings at Picasso's atelier at L’Espace Bateau Lavior in Paris. My success in the fine arts has been documented over the years by Gold River Scene Magazine, from 1997 cover feature entitled, “Art and The Passion for Collecting,” again in the winter of 1998 cover, “Sheila Finch, An Appreciation,” and most recently in the Fall 2002 cover feature entitled, “The Art of Sheila Finch Revisited.” “Strands of Gold” was featured on the first edition book cover of The Land's Wild Music: Encounters with Barry Lopez, Peter Matthiessen, Terry Tempest Williams, & James Galvin, by Mark Tredinnick.