LIfe in Soil, Life in Art


Deeply effected by witnessing soil damage globally, David St Maur Sheil is an advocate for Sustainable Soil. He is a practicing artist, gardener and an enthusiast on composting techniques. As well as training in art at the Metropolitan College Brighton, he has been a practitioner for many years of organic farming, biodynamic farming (following the teachings of Rudolph Steiner), and Permaculture (an ecological design discipline).  He is taking comprehensive training on Soil and Composting under Professor Elaine Ingham, probably the worlds leading scientific expert on soil and soil life, who coined the term - the Soil Food Web.   He  currently lives between Hong Kong and East Sussex.

Member, UNO Gallery Seaford

Awethentic Gallery, Hong Kong

Exhibitor: Sussex Art Fair

Uckfield Art Fair July 2022

Art Wave Seaford, Sept 2022

MADS Gallery Milan, Gaia The Origin Exhibition 2021

Artist's Statement 

“I am a naturally positive person who likes to focus on solutions, but witnessing remorseless deforestation, soil erosion, loss of fertile crop land, waste dumps and chemical spills and more during my years of work on sustainability across the Asian region led me to experience periods of deep sadness and hopelessness at the battering endured by our mother earth.


However, in recent years our understanding of soil and soil biology along with many other green solutions has developed in leaps and bounds! There is also deeper appreciation of the link between healthy soil, healthy food and our own health and inner resistance to disease. The transition to sustainability needs to be supported by a deep cultural shift, and this is why I have recently taken to combine my gardening and environmental work with art, as a means to explore the healing potential and the deep sustaining roots of our connection to the earth. And this is why I value the opportunity to share my art with you.

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