Sandra is an artist and an artist educator. She has over thirty years’ experience working with others in various creative capacities. Her artwork is primarily abstract and composed of intriguing layers, similar to the layers of her life.
Sandra exhibits her work in competitive galleries, art centers, hospitals and universities both locally and nationally. Her work has won numerous awards and is held in private collections. She is a certified K-12 art teacher and encaustic instructor. Sandra conducts workshops at art centers and in her Pennsville, NJ studio. She serves on several non-profit boards, supporting visual and performing art and arts education.
Sandra earned her Associates Degree in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, her BA in Art and BA in Art Education from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She added a minor degree in Early Italian Renaissance Art History at the Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy. Most recently, Sandra earned her MA in Art Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.
My love of mark making, pattern, and texture is apparent in my work. While creating, I recall imagery from inspirations in nature and travel. I recreate the imagery of the places I’ve seen, in keeping with the experiences I’ve had in those places.
Throughout my career I have worked with a variety of media combined. As a mixed media artist, I tend to create using a variety of different substrates, attempting to problem solve in creating the imagery I hope to unveil. Most recently, I have been drawn to paint with encaustic because of its ancient history, its uniqueness and the creative challenges it brings to my artwork.
My art works are composed of multiple layers, including original drawings, photos, found papers and ephemera. Occasionally I attach found objects in creating what I call constructs. My images become complex, multi-layered paintings, enticing the viewer into further investigation. As an artist, I am particularly drawn to abstraction that encourages discovery of the artists’ story.