About the Artist - Bio
Sandra celebrates the beauty of the human spirit through art. Her dramatic use of light sensitively draws the viewer into the honesty and intimacy that illuminates her portraiture.
Raised in rural Iowa, her desire to draw and paint people was kindled early. Introduced
to oil painting at age 11, she began painting commissioned portraits at the tender age
of 14. She eventually followed her heart West, finding inspiration in the people, cultures, and vast landscapes of Colorado and Montana.
Without formal training, she pursued artistic growth through perseverance and further study at workshops with master artists, including Howard Terpning, Bettina Steinke, Daniel Gerhartz, Rose Frantzen, David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw, Gregg Kruetz, Phil Starke, Howard Rogers and others.
Sandra's paintings and drawings are included in the permanent collections of the National Park Service, United States Air Force Academy, Western Heritage Museum, Billings, and Big Horn County Historical Museum.
She makes her home with her husband in the heart of Crow country, Big Horn County, Montana, where she continues to find inspiration and authenticity for her sensitive
portrayals of humanity.
Photo courtesy of Ucross Foundation