Mission Statement

The Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists is an open and diverse group of artists, collectors and admirers who share a love for the practice and perpetuation of botanical art and illustration with a fond focus on plants in the Rocky Mountain Region.
We encourage and participate in educational outreach, juried and non-juried exhibits, lectures, workshops and regular chapter meetings. The RMSBA is proud to be the very first chapter affiliation of the international organization, the American Society of Botanical Artists.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A Very Special Exhibit - July 16 to August 23, 2013

Dear Members of RMSBA,
There are heroes in our midst. Many of you know Sheila and Peter Payne. For those of you who don’t know them, I would briefly like to tell you a little of their story.

Sheila and Peter grew up in London during the terrible time of World War II. After the war they met, were married and started a family. Peter worked in construction. For many years, Sheila and their children, followed him to various construction sites all over the world.

Though Sheila’s father was an artist, and she had always loved art, she spent most of her years (as many of us did) raising a family and taking care of others. It wasn’t until she was sixty-years old, with her family grown, that Sheila had time to focus on her own passion: art.

Living in Malaysia, Sheila started painting watercolors. She painted with a fierce passion and though she had very little training, she worked hard, and with her natural talent, she produced some very extraordinary art. She painted what was around her: the beautiful Malaysian jungles, people, landscapes, seascapes, boats, Malaysian puppets with their beautiful batik costumes. She painted her world. Sheila was driven to capture it all!

In the early 2000’s, when Peter retired, they moved to the Denver area to be near one of their daughters. Sheila enrolled in the School for Botanical Art and Illustration, Denver Botanic Gardens. Though her health was already failing, Sheila pursued her love of painting. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, her hands trembled terribly, she had difficulty walking, yet she still produced wonderful artwork. Peter became her “manager.” He drove her to every class. Sheila became confined to a wheel chair, but still painted, and Peter supported her in every way, though he also had health problems. Through some very difficult times, Sheila held on and graduated.

A member of RMSBA for many years, Sheila continued to pursue her artworks and support the arts. Then two years ago, she had a stroke, and is no longer able to paint. This was definitely a set-back, but Sheila still has her passion for art and for life. Even though she can’t produce art anymore, Sheila  is allowing RMSBA to present a retrospective exhibit of her art so that she can inspire others to pursue their dreams, whatever they may be.
July 16 through August 23
Sheila Payne, A Retrospective 
Square Deal Gallery
1460 S. Colorado Boulevard
Denver, CO
Reception: Saturday, July 20, 2013, 4 to 6 PM.
If you can help with a donation to defray  reception costs,
click here to contact Dorothy DePaulo
If you can help with the reception,
click here to contact Vanessa Martin
PH: 303.757.4647

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