“The whole earth is full of His glory” (Isaiah 6:3). It’s taken me a long time to become a painter. When I was younger and full of zeal to chart my ‘career path’, it seemed frivolous to study Fine Arts – and so I didn’t! I turned to broadcast journalism; some of you knew me in my years with CBC radio and television as Sheila Baptie, then Sheila Rowe. I don’t regret my choice but a few years back, I was ready for new choices and I knew that painting was like a spiritual homecoming. It took a few years of tentative dabbling before I broke through to the place of freedom; I painted like I was just along for the ride! I don’t land there every time I paint but when I do, I sense that I am fulfilling at least part of my destiny.
My interpretation of the natural environment follows in the Impressionist tradition. My palette of colors is not strictly ‘natural’ but is rather inspired by nature. I often ask, ‘what is this painting about?”, then set about to convey both the visual and the emotional tone of each experience. Art is communication; my goal when I create a painting is to communicate the energy and joy I experience when I am truly ‘seeing’.