When my dad got out of the Air Force, he built a house out in the country near Prattville, Alabama just over the hill from my grandparents. I grew up here, roaming the woods and painting and drawing when I had free time.
Later, I went away to the University of Alabama to study journalism and put aside my painting for what would be a long time. I stayed on for law school too. Along the way I met my husband, and we had our first son. That explains why it took me four years to get that law degree instead of the typical three.
Over the years we moved several times for my husband’s career, and our little family grew by one when our second son was born. I volunteered in the schools and as a guardian-ad-litem for abused and neglected children. Held a social work job helping senior citizens and a job with the county human services department.
A few years ago, I returned to school to study advertising, design and illustration at a great community college near Chicago. And finally, I rediscovered that long-set-aside passion for art and design.
After recovering from a life-threatening illness, I decided to explore starting my own business doing what I loved, painting and designing. And that’s where I am now.
In my painting I focus on art for kids’ rooms because decorating for children is so much fun. Colorful, whimsical, or just a mish-mash, I have lots of ideas and am always thinking up new ones.
One of my big projects of late in addition to continuing to paint is getting my designs placed on CafePress products as well as working on marketing my designs in other venues. While this is time consuming, it’s been a lot of fun, and I have a lot to learn especially about setting up a web site. If you want to see what I’ve been up to so far, you can go to
Sheila for Kids
for a look.