Growing up in northern British Columbia Sandra developed a strong attachment and appreciation for wild remote places and the sense of mystery they evoke. Following high school she took many different paths including competing in freestyle skiing, working

at the Lake Louise and Sunshine Ski Resorts, traveling in Europe, and obtaining a teaching degree.

While working as a teacher in Northern BC she took her first watercolour class and later, when her children were small, began to develop this passion. After several moves around the province Sandra and family finally settled in Nelson BC.

About the Artist

She is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and enjoys skiing and hiking in the Kootenay Region as well as frequent trips to the Banff area. Her desire to paint is a constant companion which is fuelled by her experiences and a love of the mountains. Her paintings can be found in private collections in Canada, the US, and abroad.

I am drawn to the transparent quality of watercolour and its ability to simulate the natural world through its unpredictable nature and flowing qualities. I like to layer transparent pigments in my paintings to create an optical mixing of colors. Recently I have begun painting with acrylics and mixed media and am enjoying the intensity and versatility of new mediums to portray the power of the natural world.

Sandra is thankful for her parents and the opportunities they provided for her to appreciate the outdoors as a child. She is also grateful that her husband and children are avid hikers and help her navigate safely in and out of spectacular places.

Sandra has taken numerous workshops including most recently with Mike Svob, John Cooper, Sandra Donahue, Doug Swinton, Jean Pederson, and Les Weisbrich. She has also taken courses related to art history, the teaching of art, and drawing through Simon Fraser University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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