Sheila Cottrell

Sheila Cottrell

Sheila Cottrell grew up camping and hunting in the ChiricahuaMountains in southeast Arizona. One of 8 daughters, her dad raised them like boys, teaching them to shoot, build a fire, and hunt. He eventually succumbed to the inevitable and became a Boy Scout leader for the next 20 years.

A love of old West history inspires most of Sheila’s paintings. The Wells family lived several generations in Texas before traveling by covered wagon train in the early 1900s to Arizona. She 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 ScottsdaleArtistsSchool but considers her real painting education to have started under the tutelage of James Reynolds. A career highlight was a joint show with Jim at Claggett/Rey Gallery. Sheila has exhibited in Cowgirl Up! shows for 11 years and been awarded both the “People’s Choice Award” and the “Governor’s Choice Award” two times each. She has exhibited in such shows as the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Western Visions show, the Maynard Dixon show, Arts of the Parks show, the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, and the National Oil Painters show.

Settlers West Gallery in Tucson, Arizona and Big Horn Galleries in Tubac, Arizona and Cody, Wyoming represent her. She has been featured in Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, Western Horseman, Cowgirl and True West magazines and most recently in the November/December issue of Cowboys & Indians magazine.