Sheila Hardy was born in a small seaside village in Galloway, Scotland. She had freedom as a child to roam the beaches and hills surrounding her home. From a young age Sheila had a passion for drawing and painting the natural beauty around her. Encouraged by teachers she later gained a place at Glasgow School of Art where she studied textile design under the tuition of James Cosgrove.
Sheila then moved to London after graduation and developed her skills in textile design branching into illustration and then to making and selling her drawings and paintings. At the same time, she married and had two daughters. She taught art part-time at various London colleges, gaining a teaching qualification along the way. Over the years working as designer, illustrator, artist and art teacher she came to use of a wide range of techniques and media.
Sheila moved back to Scotland in 2014 with her husband. She now lives in the beautiful Jed valley. She is a full-time artist except when teaching or running workshops. Returning to rural Scotland after a long absence has fuelled her passion for capturing the exquisite natural beauty along the Scottish Border’s; the changing seasons, the colours of the landscape, natural forms, the light, the mood and memory provide endless inspiration.