A “painterly colorist” working in oils, Sandra blends what she sees and feels to share a lifelong enthusiasm for color and flowers. Her passion for nature and vibrant colors is clearly demonstrated in her art.
In 1988, Sandra established the Garden Studio Gallery in Port Royal, SC, to pursue her love for painting and gardening. This peaceful environment, rich with colorful patterns created by flowers and sunshine, is a constant source of inspiration for her paintings. Sandra's "Artist's Garden" was featured by the Beaufort Garden Club for their 2013 Garden A Day Tour.
Studies throughout the United States and abroad have played an important role in Sandra’s artistic development. Her travels in Italy and France, where she enjoyed the privilege of painting in Monet’s gardens and studied a variety of Impressionist masters, and the stirring sights of Hong Kong, Bermuda, Hawaii, and other locales have helped her grow as an artist and fueled her desire to move in new directions. Sandra continues to paint primarily in oils and to learn from nationally recognized instructors at the Scottsdale Artist School in Arizona and workshops throughout the United States, S. Burkett Kaiser, Ovanes Beberian, and Gay Faulkenberry, all students of Sergei Bongart, a Russian Impressionist whom Sandra admires, have also been some of her favorite instructors. In 2010, she had the rare opportunity to take an oil painting class with acclaimed artist and instructor Charles Reid.
Participation in the Clemson University Master Gardeners and Lowcountry Institute at Spring Island's naturalist programs has deepened Sandra’s knowledge and appreciation of nature and gardening in ways that will enhance her work. Membership in the Lowcountry Plein Air Society affords her excellent opportunities to paint and learn with fellow artists in picturesque outdoor locations. She has also benefitted from participating in the Plein Air Painters of America Paint Outs in Bennington, VT and Old Lyme, CT.
An award-winning artist, Sandra has exhibited in over 100 juried shows in the United States.Juan Logan awarded a Merit award to Sandra's Seasonal Inspirations Series at Piccolo Spoleto Arts Festival 2011. Zinnias and Melons was accepted into the Hilton Head Art League 2009 National Juried Show, judged by Craig Srebnik. Among the Flowers won First Place in the Lowcountry Plein Air Society Competition judged by Jack Morris. Roses and Sweetgrass Baskets and The Arrangement were chosen for the 2009 South Carolina State Fair Fine Art Exhibit. In 2008 White Camellias received an Award of Merit from Jonathan Green at the Piccolo Spoleto Arts Festival
Lowcountry Plein Air Society; Oil Painters of America Associate; American Impressionist Society; Women Painters of the Southeast; Beaufort Art Association and South Carolina Watermedia Society
Atelier on Bay Beaufort, SC
Garden Studio Gallery Port Royal, SC
Indigo Gallery Beaufort, SC