Born in 1940 Sheila Graber gained an NDD in Fine Art at Sunderland Art College.Going on to take her ATD in teacher training she discovered at Birmingham School for (s)Training Art Teachers that " Everyone is an artist in their own way.".and that it was the job of a teacher "to create an environment in which everyone can learn at their own level"and most of all that " learning should be enjoyable ! "

For the next twenty years to put these concepts into practice using any
materials she,and her pupils, could get their hands on. Paint,Clay,Wood,Metal and finally ,in 1970,Animated Movies.

"I was happily divorced and decided animation might be a preferable alternative to marriage ." In 1980 she gave up her post as Head of Creative Studies at a large Comprehensive School to pursue animation on a full-time professional basis. Creating over 60 shorts and 3 series for World TV.
With Fellow Director Jen Miller (business manager) the Limited Company was set up in 1996.
One of Sheila’s driving forces is to use animation as a means of communication not just for entertainment but for education and healing too.

Between 1975 and 1980-selection of award winning shorts shown worldwide e.g.
Mondrian screened in such diverse venues as the Tate Gallery, Mondrian’s own house in Holland,Open University and BBC’s Blue-Peter.
From 1980 she began working full time in animation-evolving her craft in such London Studios as Filmfair and running animation Classes in Tunisia and Caracas..and gaining an Alumni Fellowship from Sunderland University in 1998 for "Outstanding services to Education and Art"
In over 20 years she has travelled from "Plasticine to Pixels" and still maintains that Animation (as Disney predicted) is the "Art of the Future..and what’s more "It’s Fun !"

Jen and Sheila are currently running a series of weekly art and animation classes for adults with special needs for the "Brothers of Charity" in Waterford. This is a long term project of 4 years standing. The results are so successful they hope to continue and evolve their work in this area.

Sheila is now a Visiting Professor at the University of Sunderland and is writing a book/interactive CD "Animation a Handy Guide" to be published by A & C BLack (linked to Bloomsbury Books) in 2009