Sheila de Rosa MSDC


About Sheila
Sheila’s work takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues and is motivated by the evidential ironies of photography and the technical complexities of printmaking. Using a variety of materials and processes Sheila creates visually seductive artwork that combines techniques. Her work sits within theoretical concepts that drive her enquiries. Sheila teaches printmaking techniques alongside more esoteric paper-based workshops and delights in the role of Resident Artist where she promotes the perception of art and its practitioners.
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Sheila plays with reality. Her work asks what is fixed and real about time; are our memories as unreliable as our photographs; is nature indifferent to our human plight; and does the world consist of interconnected and interwoven lines?

She makes complex mixed media artwork using a variety of materials and processes with printmaking as a central core but with photography as the starting point.

During the first half of 2022, as part of Hertfordshire libraries ‘My Stories’ project she conducted print workshops and drop-in sessions. Residencies have been a part of her practice since 2000 which she views as her way of promoting Art and its practitioners. She is now Residency Consultant for Hertfordshire Libraries.

In August 2022 she moved into a new studio in Berkhamsted where she continues her practice and offers a range of print courses.

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2002 - University of Hertfordshire. Master of Arts. Advanced Fine & Applied Art Practice (F/T)

2002/3 - NVQ level 3 – Arts Development and Teaching certificate

1994 – 1998 - University of Hertfordshire. Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours. Art & Design. Awarded ‘Best Overall Achievement at Degree Assessment

1990 - 1994 Amersham & Wycombe College. Bucks Higher Diploma in Art & Design



˟Mother, Dear Mother – Journal of Visual Arts Practice – Peer reviewed journal. Vol. 3. Issue 2. Sept. 2004 pp 83 – 90


˟Etched by the Sun – Printmaking Today – Vol. 17. No. 4. Winter. 2008

˟Put your Image on ImagOn - Printmaking Today – Vol. 11. No. 3. Autumn 2002. p29


˟Artist’s Access to Art Colleges Scheme – 2010 digital publication. One of 20 stories selected from over 800 that make up the ‘virtual’ document celebrating ten years of AA2A schemes.


In 2000 she became Artist in Residence at Intaglio Printmakers, Southwark, London; she was in Residence at the University of Hertfordshire three times as part of the Artist's Access to Art College Scheme funded by ACE; and during the first half of 2022 Sheila was appointed Artist in Residence at North Watford Library as part of Hertfordshire Libraries ‘My Stories’ project. and is now Residency Consultant for Herts Libraries.

Member of Printmakers Council as well as this Society

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