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Sheila Cottrell
A Timeless Legacy 2016 Artist


Sheila Cottrell Packing Into Glacier Park
Packing Into Glacier Park

Sheila Cottrell
Oil on linen panel
20" x 24"

Sheila Cottrell Flooding on the Road to Kalispell
Flooding on the Road to Kalispell

Sheila Cottrell
Oil on linen panel
20" x 30"

Sheila Cottrell The Fur Trader
The Fur Trader

Sheila Cottrell
Oil on linen panel
12" x 16"

The works above appear in the
2016 A Timeless Legacy
exhibit and sale. 

Sheila Cottrell
Sheila Cottrell was chosen Honorary Lifetime Artist Member by the historic Mountain Oyster Club in Tucson at its 45th annual Western Art Show. A love of old west history and particularly her family’s lives in Texas in the 1800’s and then early Arizona inspire most of Sheila’s paintings. The Wells clan arrived April 18, 1900, in 7 covered wagons at the abandoned Fort Bowie in southeast Arizona. They set up homesteads throughout Sulphur Springs Valley and freighted ore between mining towns, ran the Wells Brothers Overland Service, operated one of the Indian trading posts and quarried stone for the great old Gadsden Hotel in Douglas. R G Wells became a deputy sheriff in Tombstone and had numerous run-ins with horse thieves and rustlers. Sheila says, “I enjoy painting anything to do with the west, past and present, but especially love illustrating the tales of pioneering adventures my family experienced.”

She studied at the University of Arizona and Scottsdale Artists School, but considers her real painting education began with her tutorship under James Reynolds starting in 1983. A career highlight was a joint show with Jim at Claggett-Rey Gallery, Vail Colorado in 2005.

Sheila has participated in Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West shows at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum for the last nine years and in shows sponsored by the National Oil Painters of America, the Mountain Oyster Club, the Tucson Museum of Art, Empire Ranch, and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. She has exhibited in the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Western Visions show in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; the Maynard Dixon Country show in Mt. Carmel, Utah; Arts for the Parks Top 100; the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale and the 2013 Gallery at the National Western Club shows in Denver, Colorado.

Big Horn Galleries in Tubac, Arizona and Cody, Wyoming represent her work. Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, Western Horseman and True West magazines have featured her work.



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