Creativity has always been part of Sandy’s life. From the playground to holiday fun, taking an unusual approach seemed more natural. Painting and the arts gave a more serious avenue to express the creative side. Study and visiting many exhibits over the years has built a base of knowledge and ability to express the art in a more refined way.
Sandy has shown her work in the Bay Area and North State where she lives in Douglas City, CA with her husband Paul. She was awarded best of show at the 2015 Highland Art Center Juried Show in Weaverville and will have a solo show at Highland in October of 2019. Her work was also shown at the Turtle Bay West Coast Biennial Juried Art Exhibition in 2017. Sandy was educated in art at San Jose State University.
Sandy studied art in the early 60’s when abstract expressionism was at its height. The movement and freedom this form of painting expressed has stayed with Sandy throughout her art career. Even when doing portraiture the subject is alive and expressive, not a piece of taxidermy. A small intimate portrait of Sandy’s 95 year old mother, who was in last stages of Alzheimer’s syndrome, shows a sensitive portrait of an aged mother who still retains the mischievous glint of old. The gears were still cranking away despite all the efforts of Al.
Rivers is the theme of this collection; The Mekong, Seine, and Trinity River. Sandy is drawn to water as many of you are. The movement and changing patterns and color are so captivating. These paintings are both impressionistic and abstract. The two styles relate to one another in that layers of acrylic paint add depth and interest to the art. The art work starts with color and movement which establishes a rhythm to each piece and a path for the eye to follow. The interplay of color and shape is the focus of the art. Painting in the abstract has helped develop brush and color techniques that also enhance the impressionistic works.
“Don’t just paint the rose – capture its aroma.”