Sheila Breck

Sheila Breck

Stony Brook, NY

Artist’s Statement   

I paint because it allows me to access parts of my inner life that are constantly

clamoring for attention. I search for just the right subject to bring together the

many tensions I feel.  Paint, brush and canvas are the elements that allow me to

give birth to a visual form of expression.

About the Artist

As a young person,I was most influenced by an uncle who was a commercial artist.  I would sit in his studio and watch him paint these wonderfully funny watercolors. I  always loved to draw and paint.  

Formal training began much later in my 30's. I received my baccalaureate and masters degree at CW Post, Long Island University of New York and taught art for a while in the public school system . At 50 I went back to school and received an MSW from Stony Brook University School Of Social Welfare.  People and their stories always fascinated me and became a theme in my art.  The plight of Latino day workers on Long Island  became my "raison d’etre".  Every day I would go to the Farmingville 7/11 where the workers would congregate in hopes of being picked for work. I  painted and sketched them.  I traveled to  the vineyards and farms in order to sketch the laborers at work.  The series of paintings produced at this time was displayed  throughout the SUNY system on Long Island.   Stony Brook purchased "The Soccer Players" which is hanging in The Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies. Immediacy is the most important aspect of my work...demonstrated by  subject matter, brushstroke and intensity of color.  I continued to study in art at the Art Students League, The Grand Central Academy of Art and with noted artists, Jeff Fisher, Kristen Kunc and Bennett Vandais. Exhibition include but not limited to the Tilles Center, The Long Island Museum, the SUNY ystem, and many Long Island Galleries