Born in Queens, New York and living in Los Angeles since 1987, Sheila Fein has always been inspired by the changing world around her. Earning her BA in Design from Buffalo State College of New York, her concentration was on drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design, and photography. Sheila’s education as an artist has taken her everywhere from Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia to Bath University in England. Today, Sheila Fein runs figurative workshops under the names Imaginings Sketch and People Sketchers in LA. She teaches privately students of all ages and her fine art and illustrations have been published in numerous collections, magazines and books. Sheila loves to curate shows for artists and to participate in solo and group exhibitions. She feels one never stops learning and it is important to not only go inward to discover yourself, but to be part of the art community and share the the journey.
Sheila loves to make the imagination of others a reality and has done so through her commissioned Fein Fantasy Portraits and Interactive Paintings. In addition to being a fine artist Sheila works as an illustrator. She just completed the book "Mama Graciela's Secret" for Maclaren-Cochrane Publishing which can be found on Amazon and Barnes and Nobel, She has several more on the way.
Fantasy with whimsy is how I have come to describe my work. I view the world in a fantastical and dreamlike way and I am enamored with contemporary popular culture. Everything is always new to me and I delight in experimentation. Odd moments with people, the natural world, and objects catch my attention. I seek to surprise the viewer and myself with unexpected perspectives. My philosophy is to work without the critic on my shoulder and let my imagination guide me. I am about letting go and following the strongest voice in my head.
Style & Form
As an artist, Sheila Fein makes her unique study of the imagination a reality through classical drawing techniques. Dreamlike and fantastical, her diverse body of work is filled with bright images with a touch of the surreal and nods to popular culture. She works with many mediums and of late is concentrating on woman and the modern figure in oil pastels on cardboard and her series "Just a Line". Her love of experimentation with mediums draws her to acrylic, oil, oil pastels, pastels, the colored pencil, the Tombow brush pens, and digital design. She feels that each medium has brought her a new form of expression.
Her artwork is in the collections of corporations, galleries, and private individuals in the United States and abroad. As a lover of popular culture, Sheila is proud to be name Richard Riordan (former mayor of Los Angeles), Bob Marx (the Marx Brothers’ estate), actress Connie Stevens, and actress Mindy Sterling as some of her collectors. In addition, “Transition,” Sheila’s portrait of pre-inaugural Bill Clinton, has been in the collection of the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas since 2005. Recently, "Eyes on Pears", an acrylic on paper was just seen on the NBC show Superstore (2017), starring America Ferrara.