Sheila Cottrell’s roots in the West go back, way back. In the early 1800’s, her ancestors, the Wells family, settled in Texas at a time when the West was still being won. They later went by wagon train to Arizona, before it was a state. The Old West is a part of Cottrell’s family history. It is a time and place she knows well and paints with reverence.
Most of her paintings of the Old West come from family lore. For example, Wells Trek West – 1900 shows their covered wagons crossing the West Texas plains as the family heads to Arizona in search of a place to homestead. And Foggy Morning Crossing depicts the wagon train crossing the Pecos River.
Source: Sheila Cottrell