Painter and printmaker Nan Jane Sheets was born in Albany, Illinois. By 1910 she was a serious painter, but it was during the 1920s that she matured as a fine artist. She spent the summers of 1919 to 1923 studying art at the Broadmoor Art Academy in Colorado Springs. In 1923 Sheets went to Taos, New Mexico, with Nellie Knopf, and to Gloucester, Massachusetts, with Hugh Breckenridge. Many of her paintings were mountain landscapes or had Western themes. She also focused on history, for example the settlement of Oklahoma. Sheets received many honors, including induction into the Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Western Heritage Center. Nan Sheets passed away in Oklahoma City in 1976.