Sheila Roote – June Artist Spotlight

is on view from June 1st to 30th, showcasing works from nine Malcolm Island artists, each exploring the ocean’s beauty, its inhabitants, and the intricate relationship between the sea and our island community. Throughout the month we’ll be chatting with each artist participating in our latest summer exhibition.

Below is our first a rapid fire Q&A with Sheila!

What prompted you to start creating art?

I grew up surrounded by beautiful art both in my family home as well as my grandparents. My parents were both creative as well. My father was a very skilled pen and ink artist, filling many sketchbooks during their holidays in his life. My mother was a skilled fibre artist who dyed, spun yarn and created beautiful weavings. Being surrounded by all this creative energy rubbed off on me.

What were the inspirations for your art piece?
I have been intrigued with painting sea jelly for several years and this month’s theme Oceana was the perfect creative nudge.

Can you tell us about the materials you worked with?
I work primarily in watercolour.

What’s your favourite style of work?
I would described my work as impressionistic but still based in realism enough to recognize the subject matter.

What would you say to an aspiring artist?
Practice a lot and follow your inspiration.

Thanks Sheila!

Above photo: Sheila Roote

On view

Click below to see a video of the exhibition’s reception, the artists, and the art on view. If you’re interested in purchasing any of the works on display, pleace reach out to us at by text or calling 250-230-9650, or contacting us through Facebook or Instagram. Thank you to all of our artists, and Jim Blohm (videographer) for putting this lovely video together.