Artist Sheila Dunn was raised in the foothills of Colorado, an inquisitive child with a deep sense of wonder. Her early reverence for the beauty and mystery of this world was first expressed through spontaneous dance, then singing and eventually paint on canvas.
Dunn reaches deep into the idea of self in her work, exploring the idea of integration and disintegration. “I’m very intentional about the way I apply paint. My brush strokes [are like a] fractal, breaking down an energy or form into smaller and smaller parts, and I always intentionally leave some of the background showing through the figure. I’m trying to represent the idea that everything we experience becomes a part of us. There is not a lot of separation there.”
With a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Colorado State University, a body of growing work, including prints and wall murals, Dunn will continue exploring new ideas and styles. “I have a whole lifetime to create,” she said.
Dunn’s intriguing canvases represent a journey of self-discovery towards understanding the required balance in life, communicated through careful brushstrokes and varying color combinations.