Black Feet Indians Moving Camp
16" x 20"
The work above appears in the
2017 A Timeless Legacy
exhibit and sale.
Sheila Cottrell finds the inspiration for most of her paintings in her love of old West history. Her Wells family lived in Texas in the 1800s, and then moved to Arizona in the early 1900s. 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. 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 in 2005. 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 11 years and been awarded the “People’s Choice Award” and the “Governor’s Choice Award” twice each. She has participated in such national shows as the Briscoe Museum Night of Artists, National Oil Painters of America, the Mountain Oyster Club, National Wildlife Museum’s Western Visions, Maynard Dixon, Arts of the Parks, Coors Western Art, and the National Oil Painters.
Settlers West Gallery in Tucson, Arizona, Big Horn Galleries in Cody, Wyoming and Tubac, Arizona represent her work. She has been featured in numerous issues of Southwest Art, Western Art & Architecture, Western Art Collector, Western Horseman, Cowgirl and True West magazines.