Sheila Cottrell

Sheila Cottrell

A love of old West history and particularly her family’s lives in the 1800s in Texas and then early 1900s in Arizona inspire most of Sheila’s paintings. They set up homesteads throughout SulphurSpringsValley 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. RG Wells was a deputy sheriff in Tombstone and had numerous run-ins with horse thieves and rustlers.  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 Scottsdale Artists School 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. Her paintings are in the permanent collection of the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, the Basha Salmeri Gallery of Western Art and Pierce Museum.

Sheila has exhibited in Cowgirl Up! Shows for 10 years and been awarded the “People’s Choice Award” and the “Governor’s Choice Award” twice. She has exhibited in the National Wildlife Museum’s Western Visions show, the Maynard Dixon Show, Arts of the Parks Show, the Coors Western Art Show, and the National Oil Painters show.

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.