Originally from rural Arkansas, Sandra has always loved the colors and patterns of the landscape from the rugged majesty of her birth state to Michigan’s diverse environment. A representational/realist oil painter and avid plein air artist her passion is to see, appreciate and through her art honor the natural beauty that surrounds her. She fully believes in the importance of working in the chaos of the outdoors as well as the controlled environment of the studio. Plein air painting is unsurpassed training for the eyes for the mind and for the heart. The surface of her work is a varying impasto of oil color applied over a toned canvas.

Sandra studied Fine Art and Commercial Art at Wayne County and Henry Ford Community Colleges and worked as a Graphic Designer for the Library Network. To refine her skills she has taken various workshops with professional artists.

Selected Exhibitions and Events

2015

  • Great Lakes Bay Juried Plein Air, Saginaw, MI ¬†¬†(2nd. place award winner)
  • Brighton Plein Air Competition, Brighton, MI
  • Solo Exhibit: Ann Arbor City Club, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Glen Arbor Plein Air Competition, Glen Arbor, MI
  • Paint Dexter Plein Air, Dexter, MI
  • Our Town – Annual Juried Competition, Birmingham, MI
  • Fall Festival of the Arts, Wyandotte, MI

2014

  • Glen Arbor Plein Air Competition, Glen Arbor, MI (1st place award winner)
  • Solo Exhibit, “Visual Impressions of Michigan”, Black Door Gallery, Tecumseh, MI
  • Paint Dexter Plein Air, Dexter, MI
  • Artist in Residence, Community House, Birmingham, MI
  • Crooked Tree, GLPAPA Juried Art Exhibit, Petoskey, MI
  • Brighton Plein Air Competition, Brighton, MI
  • Small Works Exhibit, Riverside Art Center, Ypsilanti, MI

Sandra actively participates in several art organizations. She is past President and former Plein Air Chairman of Ann Arbor Women Artists, an Associate Member of Oil Painters of  America, former Secretary of the Great Lakes Plein Air Painters Association and Vice President of the Saline Painters Guild.

An Award winning artist her paintings have appeared in numerous juried and solo exhibits, museum shows, galleries and plein air events throughout Michigan with several pieces in private and corporate collections. Her painting “Market Day” is included in Chris Unwin’s “Artistic Touch 4” by Creative Art Press.

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