Sandy graduated from the Alberta Collage of Art and Design in Printmaking in 1987. She has been experimenting in different media, but has made painting her primary focus for the last 3 decades. Her paintings are represented in numerous public, private and corporate collections worldwide. Recent works can be seen on permanent display at the new Calgary International Airport.
Sandy paints on site, as she takes in the spirit of the location. She loves how the work becomes about the unique personal experience encountered during each session, and how this experience transfers to the work. Sandy’s large-scale plein air and still life paintings are based on confident marks with the intent of forming a representational image.
It is our innermost human prerogative to find ourselves in the world… as the world. More than tools for directing broad brushstrokes which attempt to capture and tame the grandeur of the Canadian wild, these hands seek to hold a feeling, the essence of a place in a timeless moment. Each painting or composition is initiated on site, where the light streaming through a stormy sky is the artist’s own perspective, where the unique view from the waterline provides a rich reservoir from which to decipher color, form, line, scale and subtle aesthetics. Sitting on the ground, hearing nature’s rhythms, feeling the natural play of sun and wind, earth’s own passion is deeply shared in this translation of light shifting across the landscape as the planet tips through the circle of the seasons. It is in this authenticity, this deep connection, where nature is found to be identical with the peace of our own human nature.
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