Sheila Fell, artist (1931 – 1979)
Sheila Fell was a Cumbrian artist who grew up in Aspatria, Cumberland, and lived and worked in London. A contemporary of Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff and others, she graduated from Saint Martin's School of Art and painted strong and atmospheric images of her native countryside. Her artworks are frequently dark and brooding, and were informed by painting trips during her regular visits to stay at her family home in Aspatria. She was elected to membership of the Royal Academy in 1974 and is regarded as one of the foremost British landscape artists of the mid-20th century.