Enriching the Arts

Featured Artist: Shelia Warren, ASA

Squiggle Wiggle

Sheila Warren, Squiggle Wiggle


Born and raised on the South Shore of Montreal, Quebec, I moved with my family to Calgary, Alberta in 1977.
Art has always been a big part of my life, eventually leading me to study at the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), graduating with a major in Visual Communications. It’s through this design training and career experience, that my sense of colour and composition has evolved.


Sheila Warren, Above The Clouds

I began painting in 2001 enrolling in a painting program at ACAD. I continue the life long educational process with ongoing workshops, classes and critique sessions.

I work in oil and some acrylic — it is primarily representational and inspired by a direct response to the fascinating, ever changing and dynamic force of nature. When painting, I attempt to infuse the canvas with the energy I feel from my subject.

I let the work evolve using colour to express light, illustrate perspective, represent mass and evoke mood.
I’m a member of the Alberta Society of Artists, the Society of Canadian Artists and the Calgary Artists Society. My work can be found at Just Imajan in Cochrane, Alberta and The TOSH10 Gallery at The Old School House in Qualicum, BC.

Lost trail

Sheila Warren, Lost Trail

Q & A with the ASA

ASA: Could you tell us about your influences?
Sheila: My first influence was Monet. As a child, I had a poster of “The Water Lily” in my room that I just adored so I guess it’s safe to say the french impressionists have always played a role in my development as an artist. I’m always been influenced by the beauty and diversity of the Canadian landscape and am inspired by the group of seven and Tom Thomson and their ability to capture it’s energy and essence. I also admire and have been influenced by a wide variety of contemporary artists, some of whom I’ve been fortunate enough to take workshops with.
ASA: Which body of your work would you consider most successful to date?
Sheila: I’m happy with my most recent work. I’ve begun painting on a larger scale and have been feeling better about the direction it’s going. I consider myself a painter of nature’s impressions as opposed to a landscape artist and have embraced interpreting both vistas as well as more intimate imagery letting the colours and style tie the body of work together.


ASA and TREX Address

Crossroads Art Centre
#302 - 1235 26th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1R7
ASA Phone: (403) 265-0012
TREX Phone: (403) 262-4669

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