Sheel’s realistic, naturalistic, and
yes a bit impressionistic artistic expression began at the tender age
Guided in a variety of different
techniques under the eye of several Vermont artists, he graduated from the University of Vermont and found inspiration from his close friend and
mentor, former Yale art professor Caroll N. Jones Jr., a master of
multi-layered painting technique rarely practiced since the
Sheel’s use of light, shadows, and
color combined with atmospheric perspective allows you to immerse
yourself in the scene -- as if it was unfolding before you. The positive, peaceful and often
nostalgic feelings invoked by his creative expression may come from
not only his skill and inspiration but from the meaning of his name –
To date Sheel’s body of work has been
created primarily through private commissions, with the notable
exception of the Memories of Vermont Collection, which represents
Sheel’s love for the unforgettable landscape and unique places
found in Vermont.
Sheel has been featured in one man exhibitions at
The State House in Montpelier, The Fisk Farm in Isle La Motte, the
former Luxton-Jones Gallery in Shelburne and many other public venues
Sheel’s work has been featured in
Vermont Life and Vermont Quarterly Magazine as well as the Robb
Report. “August Moon Over Burlington”, his best known painting
was part of the Lake Champlain Rediscovered Exhibit with venues at
Shelburne Farms, the National Arts Club in New York City, The Boston
Public Library, The Southern Vermont Arts Council, and the Vermont
State Capitol in Montpelier.
While Vermont inspired creatively, one
of the biggest collections of his large format paintings can be found
in Miami, and his originals and prints are appreciated around the world. People’s United Bank, National Life,
Merrill Lynch, The University of Vermont and other public places
display Sheel’s works including The Heart of the Village Inn,
Shelburne. If you are traveling to Vermont you can view his work at
his studio by appointment or visit Robert Paul Galleries in Stowe,
The Art Hound in Essex Junction or the Shelburne Country Store in
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