Soulful, atmospheric, moody, ethereal, Sandi’s style is full of movement, capturing her subject with light and colour. A deep connection with nature, and endangered species lifestyles and places, is obvious in a lot of work, as are especially the ocean, clouds and water.
Sandi was born in Victoria, Australia and immediately set upon travelling the country, with her parents in charge. This paved the way for an exciting and challenging life. Departing Australia in the early 80’s Sandi became a ‘citizen of the world’ for the next 16 years, 7 spent sailing the world's oceans. Returning home, she became an OIC/Paramedic, a wonderful career of some 15 years, culminating in her Masters of Medical Science and a member of the first cohort of Physician Assistants in Australia.
Life however took a right turn. Encouraged by her fiance to pick up a pencil Sandi's first painting "Pride" won the title of Best Emerging Artist. Passionate about the incredible facets of the medium, totally immersed in the ebb and flow across the paper, there was really no other option than to pursue excellence in Contemporary Watercolour.
Fascinated, Sandi allows her choice of pigments to move and interact with the water and each other in a dance across the paper, very little colour mixing occurs in the palette instead the colours are invited to mingle, push and tangle according to their personalities. A lot of water saturates the paper, colours washed in and sprayed out, textures created....totally absorbed by this interplay, Sandi accentuates light and life in her work, suggesting the narrative...the allegory in abstraction but capturing the essence of her subject in an exquisite point of focus, encouraging the viewer to complete the journey.
With work in international and Australian private and public collections, Sandi is rapidly gaining worldwide recognition for her stunning and bold watercolours. Sandi describes her unique and free style as Allegorical Representationalism....every piece tells a story, drawing parallels between the human condition and the wildlife and wild beauty of this planet we share, painted in a visionary, impressionistic style.
An avid contributor to conservation activities Sandi has donated work to raise funds and awareness for such organizations as ‘Living with Wolves’, ‘Project Orangutan’ and "Soldier On" (PTSD), and is a signature member of Artists for Conservation.
The Longworth Gallery, Santa Fe, USA
Museum of Contemporary Art, China
Artistree Gallery, Yungaburra, Australia
2017 Joint Exhibition with Charles Frizzell - September, The Longworth Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, USA
2016 Lakeside Festival Art Prize - November, Tuncurry, New South Wales
2016 Annual Open Exhibition ongoing - GLAS Gallery, Forster, New South Wales
2015 ongoing - The Longworth Gallery - Santa Fe, NM, USA
2015 Cairns Art Society’s Artist of the North - Tanks, Cairns
2015 Cairns Art Escape Exhibition of artists’ work - Tanks, Cairns
2014 Yungaburra Village Artists - Exhibition & auction
2014 Cairns Art Society 67th Annual Exhibition - Cairns Regional Art Gallery, two works selected as finalist
2014 TAP Gallery - Darlinghurst, New South Wales
2014 ‘Freedom’ Solo Exhibition - Hallidays Point Library & Gallery, New South Wales
2014 Lakeside Festival - Forster, New South Wales
2014 Tolga Woodworks & Gallery - booked as the solo exhibiting watercolour artist for the year
2012 Cairns Art Escape Exhibition of artists’ work - Tanks, Cairns
2012 Mission Arts - Mission Beach, Queensland - exhibition post awards for one year
Artists for Conservation - Signature Member
National Association for Visual Artists Inc
Tablelands Regional Art Society
Cairns Regional Art Society
Great Lakes Art Society
Queensland Wildlife Artists Society Inc
Queensland Watercolour Society
Sandi has been involved with gaining awareness and helping to raise funds include approaching Jim and Jamie Dutcher of Living with Wolves for permission to use some of their amazing photography to compose a painting, and then running a successful online auction. The piece is entitled: “First Light” and was won by a lovely lady in the Yukon, who then donated more money to the organisation.
Shortly after, Sandi was contacted by Jessica Warwick for Project Orangutan Exhibition in Sydney, a fundraiser for International Animal Rescue Inc, and painted and donated two paintings for the exhibition & subsequent sale.
Her latest project is painting a special piece for sale and giclee of the Lumholz Tree Kangaroo in support of Tree Roo Rescue on the Atherton Tablelands, this organisation has been recently added to the AFC charitable organisation list as a result of Sandi's support.
Sandi continues to work towards and donate work to the cause of raising awareness and funds to support global conservationist activities through her art, supporting charities for the preservation of species and habitats such as the Great Barrier Reef, re-population of wolves in the USA and Europe, preserving Sugar Glider and other marsupial habitats in Australia, to name a few.
Fortunate to have two studios and therefore two homes, one is 2.5 acres of rainforest and orchard on the Atherton Tablelands in Queensland. There Sandi and her fiancé have a platypus habitat, also many wild birds, frogs, snakes and marsupials make their home. More importantly, Sandi is an apiarist, and dedicated to doing everything possible to help bees learn to deal with Varroa (new to Australia) mite and protect from pesticides and pollution; companion planting to provide nectar and pollen for birds, bees and butterflies, and grow household crops.
In addition, Sandi is guest speaker at the local TREAT - Trees for the Evelyn & Atherton Tablelands, a forestry initiaitive working with local people who prepare and plant native seedlings for reforestation and rehabitat projects. An ex-paramedic Sandi provides advice on first aid, lectures on ticks, snakes and other issues such as Leptospirosis; as well as being involved in the preparation and planning of reestablishment of animal corridors and indigenous plant species.
Raising funds and awareness for "Soldier On" in support of our military with PTSD, through the sale of Limited Edition Giclees of "The Gift".
2014 - present - weekly online awards for Amazing Art, Featured Artist & Weekly Wonders - Work of Art World, online
2016 - 1st Prize Painting all media, Lakeside Art Prize (Inaugural)
2016 - Highly Commended - GLAS Annual Open Exhibition, Forster, NSW
2016 - Dubai Emerging Artist Award - selection as finalist
2014 - 2nd place open media, 2nd place watercolour - Atherton Show, QLD
2012 - Best Emerging Artist - Mission Arts, Qld