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Mayor Esther Manheimer,
"Ariel" on display in the
Office of the Mayor, 2017..
and author who has even dabbled in creating apps. Recognized by the
Children’s Market as a creative, dependable, and professional artist
with whom to work, he has illustrated more than ninety books and has
written and illustrated several of his own titles as well. Sheldon breathes
life into his books by drawing detailed scenes bursting with vivid colors
and animated characters and filled with a contagious sense of joy and
For his work in painting and sculpture, he received an Individual Artist
Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Henderson County
Arts Council, NC. Chosen for critically acclaimed group shows in the
Washington, DC, area, Sheldon was also awarded "Best of Show" by
Lee Fleming, art critic for the Washington Post, for his featured work in
the Tributaries sculpture show at the Arlington Arts Center.
Growing up just outside of Washington, DC, Sheldon was blessed wih
an artistic eye. From a young age, he was enamored by the natural
world and was constantly capturing it in drawings and paintings. The
National Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden,
and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History were beacons to him in
the DC landscape, and he spent much of his youth “living in the
Smithsonian museums.” The diorama department of the Smithsonian
brought him on as an intern model maker.
Sheldon’s first solo painting exhibition took place in the Troyer,
Fitzpatrick, Lassman Gallery in DC in 1998. In 2000, he turned his
talents toward illustrating children’s books and moved to New York City,
where his skills and passion made him a quick standout. An app game
based on characters he created, the Freaky Flipsters, was launched in
2013. Bent on developing a striking new body of work, his energy for
Contemporary Art took him to North Carolina in 2006.
Sheldon graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1985 and from the University of
Maryland with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1990. He lives with his
family in the
Asheville area of western North Carolina and continues to broaden his
range of skills with new techniques and explorations.
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