Sheila Page, Artist
I live and work in Fife, Scotland. I trained at Glasgow School of Art as a textile artist but my work has developed over many years and I now focus on drawing and painting, working in my beautiful log cabin studio. I use a range of media on paper, including waterbased paint, pastels and charcoal.
Over time, the same subject themes have appeared again and again in my work. I particularly love things which have been shaped by different forces. This includes the rural landscape around my home, and you can see examples of this work in the Trees and Landscapes section. I have a particular affinity for objects which have been used but are now neglected and unloved. Projects have included broken down sheds and a forest of birch trees, misshapen by the prevailing wind.
For the past four years, I have been exploring collections of rusty, worn, well-used old tools. I find these functional objects extraordinarily beautiful. They are poignant and honest and they represent lives lived, work carried out and a myriad of things crafted, repaired or maintained. I aim to respect the character and purpose of the tools through exploring their soft, subtle colours and weathered surfaces, and also by focusing on good draftsmanship. Recently, I have been combining mechanical form with natural form, with unusual and surprising results.
My most recent project involves drawings and paintings of boats, mostly at Tayport Harbour in Fife. I am particularly interested in the wonderful, rhythmic shapes and scruffy surfaces apparent when they are out of the water, before their annual spruce up. I am currently building up a body of work around this subject area.
I have exhibited widely in the UK, including at RSW, Mall Galleries, Meffan Open Forfar, and several times at Off the Rails Arthouse in Fife. I am an artist member of Paisley Art Institute. I am part of a group of artists which represented Scotland at the FabrianoinAcqurello International exhibition in May 2020 and 2023. I am a regular participant in Open Studios North Fife and I show work regularly at Torrance Gallery in Edinburgh. In 2022, I had a solo exhibition called Time-Served at Fire Station Creative, Dunfermline and in April 2022, a two-person show called Construct at Gallery 47 Pittenweem.
Most of my work is for sale, and I also undertake commissions.