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, but also includes 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 two 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. They fit in your hand in an entirely satisfying way. 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.
I have exhibited widely in the UK, and recently have shown my work at RSW in Edinburgh and Off the Rails Arthouse in Fife. I took part in Open Studios North Fife, in May 2019 and in the Cupar Arts Eden Art Trail in June 2019.