ABOUT Sheila Hansberger, NWS, WW

DSCF0289 - CroppedBeginning career:  At age five, I peddled crayon drawings to the neighbors for a penny a piece. But sales or no sales, I knew I was destined to be an artist. Enrolling in college, I chose art as a major and English as a minor. After marriage, I accepted freelance assignments that allowed me to be a stay-at-home mom until my children started school. Later on, I was hired by a local printing firm and served as their graphic artist and darkroom photographer. I also attended painting workshops led by professional artists. Even though my art education had already exposed me to various media with drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, etc., this was my first opportunity for an in-depth study of watercolor. I’d found my specialty.

The initials after my name: I’m a Signature member of the National Watercolor Society, as well as Watercolor West. Signature membership is offered only to those artists who meet stringent qualifications: 1) by being juried into the sponsoring organization’s annual exhibit multiple times; 2) by presenting a portfolio of paintings to a panel of judges. Both organizations are international.

Leadership: I’ve served as president for several associations, including Watercolor West, and have been a board member for many others. For five years I held the position of Newsletter Editor for the National Watercolor Society. Putting together a multi-page publication for thousands of members allowed me to hone my writing skills.

Exhibits: Whether it’s receiving a first place award, or just being honored by having a painting juried into a competition, I’ve been part of local and national shows, including the American Watercolor Society in New York, and the Rocky Mountain National in Colorado. Galleries have shown my work in one-woman exhibits, as well as in two-person shows and group invitationals.

Collections: My creations can be found in private and public collections including, the San Bernardino County Museum, the National Orange Show, Redlands Community Hospital, and Mt. San Jacinto College. I’ve been published in various periodicals and books. Among them are: American Artist Magazine, Inland Empire Magazine, and the Rockport Publishers’ book series, The Best of Watercolor.

Through the years: Art associations have retained me as a speaker and as a judge for their exhibits. For years I taught watercolor classes–three times per week initially–but eventually pared down the mentoring to an occasional workshop in order to spend more time creating my own art. But the story doesn’t end there. I feel blessed to be able to share God’s gift and can’t wait to see what’s on the journey ahead!