Award winning artist Sheila Carey was born in New London, CT and has almost always lived near the sea.  A lifelong fascination with art began as a child and continues now as she creates mystical seascapes of the ocean she loves--sometimes accenting her work with boats, mermaids and animals.  There is local talk that Sheila is also the "Manasota Mermaid"!  "I feel a spiritual connection to the sea and sky which inspires me to capture their haunting qualities in my work."  Recent paintings include abstracts of water, done in complementary colors.  This artist's skillful range of talent is evidenced by humorous Pet Portraits, People and Home portraits, a series of Ireland paintings produced during an Art residency there--and a "Montana Series" currently in progress--inspired by a May 2008 trip to a Montana Dude Ranch.

Her education includes a degree in Design from the Ray-Vogue College of Design in Chicago, Illinois; scholarships completed at John Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana and Norwich Free Academy, Norwich, Connecticut.  In addition, she has honed her craft at Ringling School of Art, Sarasota; University of Hawaii, Honolulu; and the University of Nevada.

Exhibitions of her work have been held in Honolulu, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Sarasota, Venice, Punta Gorda and Englewood.  In addition to oil and acrylic paintings, Sheila creates unique Mermaid and Merman dolls, and Mermaid "capes" (flowing chiffon ponchos with beaded trim) which are carried in stores from Naples to Cortez.

Sheila belongs to Venice Art Center and Art Center of Sarasota.  She is currently represented by LEMON TREE GALLERY, Englewood, FL and CILL RIALIG ART GALLERY, Ballinskelligs, County Kerry Ireland.  As she works in her studio near Manasota Beach, FL her motto continues to be:


                                    (William Wordsworth)



 My happiness lies in the magic of expressing my journey through life.  I am strongly aligned with the sea, in part due to my Irish/Portuguese ancestry, and partly because of my fascination with the magnificence of water, in all its many moods.  I often say I need water like others need oxygen!!  Using oils, acrylics and mixed media combinations, I try to paint the dance of Nature:

- waves rolling, rising, crashing, absent

- the waltz of moon, stars, sun & clouds

- the sway of palm trees and other foliage




2450 Alamander Ave.

Englewood, FL 34223


phone: 941-460-0105





                           Ringling School of Art

                           Sarasota, FL


                           John Herron School of Art

                           Indianapolis, IN


                           Ray Vogue College of Design

                           Chicago, IL



                           Lemon Tree Art Gallery

                           Englewood, FL


                           Cill Rialig Art Gallery

                           County Kerry, Ireland



                           Art Center Sarasota - Florida

                           Venice Art Center - Florida



                           COUNTY KERRY, IRELAND 2004


Copyright 2012, Sheila Carey