Welcome to my website. This is like hosting a party and inviting all my friends. If you want to know more about me in a formal way, send me a note, and I will email you my cv. On this page I’m just going to tell you stories.

I’ve always loved doing artwork. When I was very young we lived in Rome, because my father was working for Food and Agriculture in the United Nations. We were very happy there and my parents took me everywhere, including to all the magnificent galleries and churches which were also filled with art work.

When I was in my early teens in Ottawa, my best friend Heather and I figured out that if we hung out at the mall talking for hours on end, our parents would fuss, but if we spent time at the National Gallery doing exactly the same thing they’d think it was great. And we looked at a few pictures while we were there. We’re still best friends, so something worked.

When I was 19 and spending the summer in Rome with my family, I was having lunch with my sister at the home of a family friend. My mother phoned because the results of my first year university exams had just arrived in the mail, and I was devastated to hear how poorly I had done. As I struggled to hold back the tears, our host pulled a a big thick book off the shelf called Janson’s History of Art, and said to me “Almost everything in this book you can find here in Rome. I want you to start with chapter one on ancient prehistoric art and work your way up to the modern world, locating pieces from every era along the way.” And that’s exactly what my sister and I did that summer.

Are these my formative influences as an artist? Who knows? I’m just delighted to have this opportunity to share what I do with many many more people than would fit in my living room for tea.

Sima Elizabeth Shefrin

Sima Elizabeth Shefrin