Special Occasion Foils. Meet the Artist

As you know Special Occasion Foils was launched in 2009 with 6 designs, Wedding, Birthday, Confirmation, First Holy Communion, Christening & Anniversary and has grown at a steady pace. We are now ready to launch the next 4 new designs, Engagement, Graduation, Bat-mitzvah & Bar-mitzvah but before we do that I though you might like to meet the artist, her name is Sheila, she’s my mum, is 80 years old (Young) and I’m very proud of her.

Sheila, 80 years old and still passionate about her art

If you every get the chance to visit the company you will notice the walls are festooned with pictures and they all belong to Sheila and her favorite subjects are birds and flowers. She sells quite a lot and has even had some stolen from exhibitions (Fame at last).

All the artwork for Special Occasion Foils is hand drawn and painted so the copy right belongs to her and no one can take that away, it also means that the connection between these foils and the company remains strong, a real family business.

Below are just a small selection of her paintings

(If you click on each picture is will open up a larger file)




About matthewlewisdisplays

We are a small balloon company based in Coventry. We specialize in balloon decoration and balloon printing. We have our own balloon printing machines & print on Qualatex latex balloons from 9" to 36" as well as 4ft & 5.5ft Chloroprenes in single colour and foils balloons from 18" , 20" and 36" in multi colour. We also have a full digital print arm to the company supplying business stationary and balloon race labels. As for me I'm self motivated, love my job and private life. Im married to Traci, have two children Joshua (Josh) and Harriet (Harribo) and two dogs, Midnight is a black Labrador and Zara is a black shaggy coated Labradoodle. My main hobby is fishing which I find very relaxing and I can be found with a rod in my hand most Sundays (Weather permitting). I also run a quiz every Monday evening in the pub I live next door to raising money for SANDS My balloon decorating career started many moons ago in 1989. I was introduced to Qualatex balloons just after that, passed my CBA in 1994 and have never looked back since. My work has taken me length and breath of England and into Europe working on large scale decor at Euro Disney in Paris and as well as Alacante in Spain and more recently appearing on the hit TV show "Idiot Abroad" staring Karl Pilkington & Warwick Davis on location in Macedonia for the 3rd and final series. My passion for balloons and balloon decoration continues to grow and I am a great believer that to be the best you need to use the best so Qualatex are my first and only balloon I use for large scale WOW factor decor. Their education and training are second to none and their vast array of products tick all the right boxes in the creative juices department.
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4 Responses to Special Occasion Foils. Meet the Artist

  1. Jim Campbell says:

    Hi Matthew,
    You must be very proud of your mum, she has a great talent. I really like the painting of the old tree over the little river, it reminds me of a place I used to play when I was a child, which was a few years ago 🙂

  2. Hi Sakes
    Yep, Wise Old Owl
    99% of the time she is correct, very talented and very strong. No matter what you throw at her she will survive. I would be like a fish out of water without her.
    She has some fantastic saying such as” Believe very little of what you hear and nothing of what you see” and can sum up most people at 15 paces

  3. David Saker says:

    Hey Matt

    Your Mum is a legend….

    Although it looks like she is painting without any paint on her brush. Also not a very fine brush for all that lettering and I can’t see any paint pots on the table?

    Looks to me like she was rushing out and you stopped her with camera.

    She once said those famous words to me…. “When you have staff you have problems”. That was about 15 years ago and I still can’t think of a decent reply.

    A wise young owl then.



  4. lynda says:

    Very talented Lady ,great to see this blossom within your business Matthew

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