Today we’d like to introduce you to Sheila Casperson.
Sheila, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Born in Bonners Ferry, Idaho in 1973, I found myself surrounded by animals and breathtaking landscapes at a young age. Living and spending time in many different states as a young adult I often sketched out the scenes of natural beauty, all the while falling in love with nature itself. In 1997, I moved to Arizona where I found “home.”
I first started a career path in engineering, but after six years in the Valley was coaxed by family and friends into doing something utilizing more of my artist skills. For the last 16 years, I have successfully used my artistic talent running my own company in the Valley doing custom residential and commercial murals. Doing that line of work has broadened my knowledge of what paint is capable of. Encouraged by my father to go beyond acrylic paints, I started to experiment with oils. I found I was able to truly portray not only the subject but the emotion behind each subject I chose to do. Today, using realism in oil paint I create various western and wildlife scenes on canvas. I strive to evoke an emotion in people when they look at my art.
After spending more than two decades in the Great Southwest, I have a small studio in Glendale, Arizona.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I use realism in oil paint I create various western and wildlife scenes on canvas.
I feel it is the simplest of things in this world that makes one happy. My artwork is inspired by those simple things. My end goal as I work on each painting is to evoke those emotions in people when they look at my art.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
I think artist are discouraged by the “starving artist” mentality out there. An artist’s will and passion are what help them push through that. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and you won’t lose belief in yourself.
I wish that I started experimenting with oils sooner and took more risks on the canvas by taking myself out of my own comfort zone.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can see my work as it comes to life on Facebook at Sheila Casperson Western and Wildlife Artwork as well as s.caspersonwildlifeart on Instagram.
People can contact me through these social media sights to purchase any of my artwork. Currently in the works to put them on Etsy as well.
This next year I should be seen in the art shows in the Phoenix area. Fountain Hills, Scottsdale. Cave Creek, etc.
I do commission art as well.
- Address: Sheila Casperson Wildlife and Western Art
20235 North 63rd Drive
Glendale, Arizona 85308
- Phone: 623-451-6566
- Email: SCasperonArt@gmail.com
- Instagram: s.caspersonwildlifeart
- Facebook: Sheila Casperson Western and Wildlife Art@inoilpaint
Boy with horse – Curry Eversole photo, Man shooting over horse – purchased off dreamtime, wild horse – Ruthie Yeats photo, black lab – purchased off dreamtime, boy with gun -purchased off dreamtime, black bear – purchased off dreamtime, Dog on boots – Alison Mckee photo, Elk -purchased off dreamtime