Sheila Fell (1931-79)
Born into a mining family in Aspatria, rural Cumberland, British painter Sheila Fell studied at Carlisle College of Art, then at St Martin’s School of Art in London.
Although she spent her adult life in London, her inspiration came from the memories of the landscape of her childhood in the tough northern fells.
Talented and determined, Sheila Fell was one of the very few women artists to achieve national recognition in the 1950’s and 1960’s and became one of the youngest artists ever to be elected a Royal Academician in 1974. L.S. Lowry praised her as the best landscape painter of the age and became her lifelong supporter and patron.