"As a young person, I was most influenced by an uncle who was a commercial artist. I would sit in his studio and watch him paint these wonderful funny watercolors. I always loved to draw and paint. People's life stories have always fascinated me and became a theme in my art. I love movement and try to show that in most of my work.

The plight of Latino day workers on Long Island became my “raison d’etre”.  Every day I would go to the Farmingville 7/11 where the workers would congregate in hopes of being picked for work. I sketched and painted them. The series of paintings produced at this time was displayed throughout the SUNY system on Long Island. Stony Brook purchased “The Soccer Players' ' which is hanging in The Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies."

Sheila Breck received her baccalaureate and master's degree at CW Post, Long Island University of New York and taught art at the public school system. Breck went back to school to received a MSW from Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare. She continued to study art at the Art Student League, The Grand Central Academy of Art and with noted artists, Jeff Fisher, Larissa Aukon and Carmelo Blandino.


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