About

Sheila Farren BillingsI grew up in a family of artists. Works in progress in all the arts–visual, musical, written and performance–were strewn about my childhood home. This inspired me to develop my creativity and experiment with mediums and styles.

When I received my first big 64-color box of Crayolas, I could sit for hours delighted to line up the crayons in endless color combinations. Now I work mostly in acrylic paints, watercolors, and pencil & ink; but the desire to combine beautiful, bright, saturated color is still a driving force in my art.

My work has appeared in many shows and galleries in the North Shore area, earning numerous awards and grants. I am a published children’s book author/illustrator and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Another thing I love to do is design murals for walls. I have done murals ranging from an enormous 360 degree mural for a golf practice room to a single wall in a child’s bedroom, to a few simple motifs around a door. I’d love to help you customize your home!

I have three grown children, five growing grandchildren and live in Salem, MA, high atop Gallows Hill with my sweet husband, Tom.

Publications & Public Art:

  • Pop-Up Mural, “Champion for Kids Celebration” to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem, Jan. 14, 2015.
  • Murals on the five doors of the Danvers Art Association, 105 Elliott St., Danvers, MA 01915, 2014
  • ArtBox 2014, at Riley Plaza, Salem, MA 01970
  • Lady of Salem figurehead, at Cabot Money Management, 216 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970, 2013
  • Mural at Salem State University, O’Keefe Center, Salem, MA in the Golf Team practice room, 2006.
  • Work-A-Day Week Coloring Book, Sheila Farren Billings and Robin Haag Farren, Scarecrow Education, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Lanham, MD, 2004.
  • Work-A-Day Week Activity Sheets, Sheila Farren Billings and Robin Haag Farren, Scarecrow Education, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Lanham, MD 2004.
  • Salem: Which City? Activity Book, Sheila Farren Billings, self-published, 2001.
  • Salem: Which City? Coloring Book, Sheila Farren Billings, 1988.

Art Awards & Honors:

  • Third Place Mini Category, Danvers Art Assoc. Spring Show, April 2015
  • Honorable Mention Mixed Media, Danvers Art Assoc. Spring Show, April 2015
  • Honorable Mention Acrylic Painting, Danvers Art Assoc. Spring Show. April 2015
  • Honorable Mention, acrylic painting, Danvers Art Assoc. Fall Show, 2014
  • People’s Choice Award, plein air event, Marblehead Festival of Arts 2014
  • Honorable Mention, mixed media, Swampscott Arts Assoc., July 2014
  • Second Place, mixed media, Danvers Art Assoc. Spring Show 2014
  • Third Place, acrylic painting, Danvers Art Assoc. Spring Show 2014
  • Chosen as an artist in the book, Legendary Locals of Salem,  by Jerome M. Curley, Dorothy V. Malcolm, and Nelson L. Dionne. Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, SC, 2013
  • Fourth Place, Salem Arts Assoc. People’s Choice Show, June 2013
  • Second Place, mixed media, Guild of Beverly Artists, Fall Show 2012
  • People’s Choice Award, mixed media, Marblehead Festival of Arts 2012
  • People’s Choice Award, plein air event, Marblehead Festival of Arts 2012
  • Second Place, crafts, Danvers Art Assoc. Spring Show, 2012
  • Second Place, mixed media, Danvers Art Assoc. Spring Show, 2012
  • Hon. Mention, acrylic painting, Danvers Art Assoc. Spring Show 2012
  • Second Place, pastels, Guild of Beverly Artists, Fall Show 2011
  • Semi-Finalist, Marblehead Festival of Arts 2011, Logo Contest
  • Best of Show, mixed media, Marblehead Festival of Arts 2010
  • First Place, Beverly Farms/Prides Crossing 2010 4th of July Logo Contest
  • First Place, Friends of the Swampscott Public Library 2010 Logo Contest
  • First Place, mixed media, Danvers Art Association 2006 Fall Show
  • Second Place, painting, Danvers Art Association 2006 Fall Show
  • First Place, pastels, Danvers Art Association 2002 Spring Show
  • Second Place, crafts, Danvers Art Association 2002 Spring Show
  • Second Place, drawing, Danvers Art Association 2001 Spring Show
  • Honorable Mention, drawing, Danvers Art Association 2001 Fall Show
  • Arthur Smith Award for Creativity 1990 Salem State University
  • Grand Prize, Norman Rockwell judge, Malden All-America City Poster Contest

Member:

  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
  • Marblehead Arts Association
  • Salem Arts Association
  • Danvers Art Association
  • Guild of Beverly Artists
  • North Shore Art Teachers Association
  • Swampscott Art Association