Sheila Kern is a contemporary commission artist who draws upon her world travels to create original fine art that is vibrant in color and rich in symbolism.
Originally from Rhode Island, Sheila received her Bachelor of Fine Arts, cum laude, from Syracuse University. She worked as an illustrator, designer and fine art painter in New York until her career took her from the United States to Ireland where she worked commercially, as well as continuing with portraiture and fine art painting. Most notably, Sheila was commissioned for a series of five portraits by Foras na Gaeilge, an Irish governmental organization. This series began with painting T.K. Whitaker, a former Irish economist who won the “Greatest Living Irish Person” award in 2002.
In 2006, Sheila moved to Paris, leaving commercial work behind to focus solely on creating works of fine art, and had the pleasure of living in the “City of Light” for four years. Working primarily with oil on canvas, she has exhibited in independent and group shows in the US, Ireland and Paris.
Now making her home in the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina, Sheila is recently married and living with her husband Charlie James.
Upon returning to the States, in 2011, Sheila began The Completement Series, a sequential series of intricately detailed paintings depicting the transformation of man and his transition into the new environment. The Completement Series consists of The Ascension Painting, The Labyrinth Painting and In the Garden, with a fourth painting in the works representing the Ark of the Covenant.