I’m Sandy, and this is a bit about me and Parts of Art.
I first peeled the dried acrylic paint from my palette and decided to make it into art in 1988. I was painting long before that, which is why I had a palette. I remember the love I had for those round cakes of watercolor paint from elementary school. As a young child I craved to explore and express myself within the inviting purity of paint.
I work on several pieces at a time, designing, composing, layering and constructing. The work is abstract; it is about composition, line, balance and texture. Within the artistic process there is a certain affinity, a rapport that is developed between myself as the artist and the art. I am done with each piece when it says it is done.
I am motivated by a great desire to get it right, design it better, bring new depth or texture to my work, discover a better way to showcase the essential elements of design. I am committed to showing up at my studio, because art is my chosen profession, and I am going to make art whether I feel creative and inspired or not. What happens is once I show up, turn on the music and start handling the acrylic paint pieces and the beads, the creative flow begins.
Forms in nature provide inspiration daily, as do other artists. I am inspired by collage illustrator Eric Carle, metal sculptor Alexander Calder, French impressionists and the old Renaissance masters. I love visiting art galleries and enjoying the textured surface of paint on canvas that tells a story without words.