In Sandra's own words:
"I believe that I'm self-taught as an artist because I'm always finding new ways to create. I have taken classes in watercolors formally in England and studied for my Master's Degree in "Language, Literature and Art of the 14th Century." However, I believe it was my time alone in the woods that taught me "the way of being an artist."
My love of drawing and creating with natural fibers goes all the way back to my growing up in the mountains of Pennsylvania. I gathered up twigs, stones, and pieces of vegetation that I twined into rope. I sketched our dog, our swimming hole, my sister. So today I am still drawing and painting outdoors, as well as creating art from materials I've gathered.
Over the years, I learned that you could make almost anything 3-dimensional from 2-dimensional fibers, paintings, sculptures, clothing. The colors and textures were unlimited in nature and natural products.
I paint in my studio in Colton, New York, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. Currently I'm experimenting with texture and color for oil paintings and mixed-media pieces. I move indoors in the old months where I hand-felt wool-roving and silks together to create wall-hangings and wearable art. I l love to teach, especially young people and do informal lessons from my home when I can."
631-003 "Green Hand-Felted Neck Piece
631-009 "River Runs Through It"
Fiber Collage: wool, silk, feathers, beetle shells
631-001 "Gather Together
631-005 "Trail to a Mountain Pool"
Oil on Canvas
631-008 "Winter Sunrise"
631-007 "Flame Tree"
631-002 "White Hand-Felted Neck Piece
631-004 "Crossing Borders"
631-006 "Trout Fishing"
Oil on Board