I'm Sheila Atchley, an east Tennessee visual artist-author, preacher's wife, wisdom-chaser, and silver-haired g-mama. I'm a celebrant, a congregant, and a flagrant creative.
I have a semi-empty nest, and four adorable grand-wildlings. And I over-use the hyphen.
Words are my defining first love, and a big part of my art form. I decorate my world with them. I am dedicated to helping women live artful, soulful, intentional lives, in the context of the grace of God.
One of my passions is the middle age woman. This beautiful season of life is under-celebrated and under-valued. Middle aged women do not get enough support, by and large. I aim to change that, when and where I can. I believe that, like Abraham in the bible, “everywhere the soles of your feet tread shall be yours…the Lord will extend your boundaries…”. Middle age is a vast and gracious land, a land where many of us now find ourselves walking, a land where the potential fruit is enormous if you are willing to slay some giants. I’m busy doing just that, in my personal life, in my art, and in my writing and speaking ministry. I want to help you inherit what’s yours, in every season. After all, if I encourage the women, I encourage the world.
If you have any questions about commissioning a piece of your own original art, or you need client references for my art classes and/or speaking ministry, or if you would like to schedule me to speak at your next live event, feel free to contact me (click on the email link below):