About me and my work


I was born in Sussex and have always painted, belonging to a local art club when I was a teenager.  I attended courses at Brighton Polytechnic (as it was then) and at the St Ives School of Painting in Cornwall, where I met many of the well known artists living and working there. I continue to return to St Ives every year for further inspiration.  This has really influenced the direction of my art from figurative to a more abstract concept.

I paint mainly in acrylics and most of my semi-abstract work originates from the familiar area where I live.  Strong composition and emotive colour interest me most,  aiming to create an individual interpretation of the landscape and to lift the spirits.Over a period of ten years I had paintings shown frequently at the Mall Galleries in London and in 2002 I won the Royal Watercolour Society Award in the C21 Open Exhibition at the Bankside Gallery.

I taught art and mixed media to adult students for fifteen years and exhibited my work throughout Sussex and in St Ives, Cornwall. Some paintings are in collections in America, Germany, Denmark and Canada and Russia.

2005 - 2014  I was elected President of the Sussex Watercolour Society.             From  2005 - 2011   I became a member of Chalk Gallery, an artist-led co-operative in Lewes,  and was a member for six years.        

Some of my semi-abstract landscapes can be seen at the Alfriston Arts Gallery, High Street, Alfriston, East Sussex BN26 5SY        www.alfristonarts.co.uk

Exhibitions :-

"Pattern" showing at the Artichoke Gallery, Church Street, Ticehurst, East Sussex TN5 7AE  from January 15th - March 26th  2016.        www.artichokegallery.co.uk

Sussex Watercolour Society Exhibition at Henfield Village Hall, from  10th - 12th June 2016  www.sussexwatercoloursociety.com

Guildford Arts in the Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford from  4th - 22nd July  2016.  www.guildfordarts.com

Brighton Art Fair 2016  from September 22nd - 25th   at the Corn Exchange, Church Street, Brighton.  www.brightonartfair.co.uk

Ming Art Gallery and Teahouse, Hove, from October 2016 - January 2017

Guest Artist at Chalk Gallery, Lewes,  January 30th - March 12th 2017    www.chalkgallerylewes.org

Alfriston Arts Gallery, Alfriston High Street.  Ongoing.  www.alfristonarts.co.uk



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  1. caroline woodroffe avatar
    caroline woodroffe Jul 7, 2016

    Hi Sheila,
    I met you recently in Henfield and loved your work. So far I am a photographer but just attempting to paint, which may or may not work out for me….
    Thank you for the inspiration…
    Caroline Woodrffe

  2. Sheila Marlborough avatar
    Sheila Marlborough Jul 8, 2016

    Hi Caroline, Thank you very much for your nice comments. It was nice to meet you at Henfield and very good luck with your painting.
    Best wishes, Sheila