Sheila Chapman

Sheila Chapman is an emerging contemporary painter who graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Edinburgh College of Art in 2016. She originally studied physics at Oxford University and worked as a patent attorney for 10 years before deciding to follow her real passion for art.

“I make paintings of figures, often children, in the landscape. My images are based on everyday experiences but in the process of painting they often change to become more other-worldly or dreamlike as I concentrate on the figures and what they may be thinking. Sometimes an eerie light or slightly surreal environment emerges, reflecting an uncertainty about what the future may hold.

Painting for me is a way of distilling experience and thinking about life. I am interested in the way people experience and connect with the natural environment in our modern age, especially children like my own who are growing up in the city. I wonder how important the environment will become in my children’s future lives, and the lives of their children, and what it may ultimately mean to them.”