Queens-based artist Sheila Lanham explores symbolism in landscape painting through a totemic arrangement of elements and imagery. She relies strongly on color, light and form to create a new composite sense of place. The highly structured paintings are thickly layered until they create a pariticular light and illusory spatial effect. The space initially appears flat, but upon closer observation a depth of field is revealed. Within the art historical context of landscape painting, her work offers a new order, a salvaging or stacking-up of elements, as we face a changing environment and our place within it.
Lanham's work has been exhibited in numerous group exhicitions in Baltimore and New York City.