PAUL STEPHEN SHELDON, age 64, passed away suddenly on Aug. 1st at his home in Marana, Ariz. Paul is survived by his two children, Nickolas Sheldon and Jayme Harkins, his parents Raymond K. Sheldon and Harriett W. Sheldon, and his sisters Pamela Crowder and Susan Vender.
A prominent artist who specialized in western art, Paul was born on Christmas Day of 1947 in Burlington, Iowa. His family moved to Tucson in 1958 and Paul fell in love with the Southwest. He developed his artistic skills at a young age and continued to study at Northern Arizona University and then the University of Arizona. Paul was married in 1978 to Terry Sheldon for 24 years, during which time they raised their family while he advanced his fine art career. Paul also spent time camping, taking photos and playing live music.
Paul loved his art and was happiest when he could share it with others. He was well known in Tucson and the greater art community. His paintings have appeared in several galleries throughout the Southwest, he has been featured in several prominent magazines, and many of his murals have become familiar Tucson icons. During the last year of his life, in the midst of multiple projects and escalating success, Paul dedicated time to teach a weekly art class at the La Posada retirement community of Green Valley.
Paul will be remembered with love at an informal gathering at the Jane Hamilton Gallery on Sunday, Aug. 12, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., 2890 E. Skyline Drive Suite 180. In lieu of flowers, donations to assist with final expenses can be made at: www.inmemoryofpaul.com.