Sheila Wolk

American born fantasy artist Sheila Wolk had an auspicious beginning as an art director for a pharmaceutical advertising agency and medical illustrator, honing her skills in drawing the human form. Her first pastel paintings were in the Sports Art genre. In fact, Wolk became so good at capturing the human form in movement that she was named Sport Artist of the Year in 1987. The American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) gave this favorable award to her soft-edged pastel paintings of hard action sports.

Her transition into the land of fantasy happened slowly, but once Sheila Wolk decided to change her focus the result was sensational. Wolk blends techniques to create stirring glimpses into the magical world we live in--its lore, myths and legends.

Art has to touch you somewhere, says Sheila Wolk, explaining her new direction in art.

Indeed, she creates her art in a mystical realm where logic, dreams, and art meet and mix to create a dreamscape of enchanting beauty and fabled majesty. She fuses traditional and non-conventional means to convey the visions, dreams, and realities of a world many wish they could see outside of her paintings. Wolk combines her creative talent and imagination to accurately interpret and artistically communicate elaborate notions in an easy to understand, yet visually appealing fashion. While she may be taking us into the mythical world of mermaids and fairies, these fantasies are not like the carefree sirens or caricatures of popular culture. With Sheila Wolk s superb skill of depicting the human form, the mermaids and fairies seem to be of flesh and blood, yet with a pre-Raphaelite otherworldliness. At the center of many pieces is a pensiveness that draws one deep into the psyche of a being that has seen the world as it really is and yearns for sanctuary.

In these works of surface whimsy, a sense of profound reclusion and peace pervades. Deeply moved viewers have responded by once again putting the works of Sheila Wolk, such as The Chameleon, in great demand. The mature Wolk takes her new success in stride, saying, I once painted sports to survive, but now I paint for the survival of my soul.

Sheila Wolk resides in New York City, where she continues to capture the drama, intensity, power and grace that surround it via her original pastels, as well as publishing and licensing products.


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