Sheila Cottrell

Sheila Cottrell

After living several generations in Texas, Sheila’s family moved from San Antonio, Texas to southern Arizona in 1900. They traveled in 7 covered wagons and settled near Tombstone where her grandfather became a deputy sheriff. 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 to have begun with her tutorship under James Reynolds in 1983. A career highlight was a joint show with Jim at Claggett-Rey Gallery in 2005.

Sheila has been honored with several awards, including the 2014 Honorary Lifetime Artist Member by the Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, AZ, where she has participated for eleven years. A favorite artist for seven years at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum’s show, Cowgirl Up!, Wickenburg, AZ, Sheila was awarded their Governors Choice Award in 2014 and 2008, as well as the 2013 People’s Choice Award, and was a guest lecturer in 2013. She has also exhibited and lectured at Pearce Museum, Navarro College, Corsicana, TX, where she was received a Silver medal award for Oil Painting at the Western Artists of America show.

She has appeared in publications including Western Art Collector Magazine, True West, and Southwest Art Magazine. Exhibitions have also included shows at the Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ, Settlers West Miniatures Show, Tucson, AZ, and Big Horn Galleries in Cody, WY and Tubac, AZ.