Sheena Ridley

Sheena was born in Harare Zimbabwe. She constantly drew, painted and created as a child, and have never stopped.  She studied fine arts at Michaelis, UCT for two years. Sheena worked for Capab as a set painter, painting the backdrops and props and enjoyed the interaction between art, music and dance. She also worked as an antique porcelain restorer- my instructor recognised my ability to match colours perfectly.


After her son was born she decided to move from Cape Town to the Overberg where for twenty years she lived on farms, from near Stanford to the Hemel en Aarde Valley, and eventually Grabouw. Through those years she developed her painting and sculpting, exhibiting at the Fisherman’s Gallery (now Rossouw Modern), Phillip Harper, Missions House, Atlantic Gallery Cape Town, Hout St Gallery, Paarl and many self curated solo and group exhibitions.


Ten years ago she moved to a farm in the Klein Karoo, feeling a need to explore and discover new vistas and spaces. The solitude and harsh arid beauty in this area inspires her way of life and creativity.

She work from her sketches, often very roughly drawn  and is continually absorbing forms of people, animals, shapes in a landscape, in different spaces.  Her oil paintings, for the most part, are worked only with the palette knife. She enjoys the textural aspect of this and the surgical application of the paint. Colour has always been part of her life, she find emotional aspects described in colours


She focus predominately on stance of form in her paintings and sculptures.

She have worked with ferro cement as a sculpting medium for twenty years, developing it to a fine finish. She also thoroughly enjoys the bronze medium, finding the translation from a wax, clay or plaster maquette to bronze very interesting and exciting. She keeps her edition numbers low.