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Sheila Shaen Orr

Visual artist Sheila Orr, from Chisasibi, works in several disciplines – painting, drawing and installations – and explores a range of techniques including beadwork, porcupine quillwork and caribou hairtufting. Describing her style as both traditional and contemporary, Sheila is inspired by issues affecting First Nations peoples, and by cultural and childhood experiences.

When she was sixteen years old, Sheila enrolled in the Indian Fine Arts Program at the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College in Regina and has been practicing art ever since. She later went on to complete two bachelors degrees and is now enrolled in a masters program, all related to the arts. Sheila has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her work has been reviewed in local papers and in Windspeaker, Canada's National Aboriginal News Service, and she was interviewed in Plain Speaking, Essays on Aboriginal People and the Prairie.1

  • 1. Patrick Douad and Bruce Dawson, Editors, 2002 Plain Speaking, Essays on Aboriginal People and the Prairie. Regina: Canadian Plains Resource Centre.