Corona, California

E-Mail: sandywc@sbcglobal.net

Web Site Address:  www.sandywc.com

Sandy’s watercolor paintings capture a sense of serenity and peaceful contemplation, with the drama of rich color, texture, shadow and light.  Her scenes of California missions, mission benches, statuary and Spanish architecture remind viewers of less troubled times in a less complicated world.

Born in Southern Illinois, Sandy’s attraction to color began with her treasured Color Crayons and attempts to mix color by melting them down on her grandfather’s coal chute in the hot sun.  Love of color took precedence in all her art exploits, which were mainly self taught.

After moving to California in the mid 1980s and living in the high desert, Sandy realized the desert is a living art lesson.  Turning from acrylics to watercolor, she discovered a lifelong love of the medium.  In 1992 a Riverside art gallery offered Sandy a one-artist exhibit if she would complete twenty watercolors of the Mission Inn and other Riverside landmarks within six weeks.  This was an offer she could not refuse, and she acquired priceless experience in painting Riverside’s historical landmarks and “local color.”  Sandy also exhibited at the Laguna Beach Art-A-Fair Festival for eight summers, adding to her love of transparent watercolor.

Sandy continues to enhance her art by attending watercolor workshops, including Patricia Allen’s yearly “Paint Yosemite Workshop” hosted in the beautiful Yosemite Valley by signature watercolor artists such as Dale Laitinen, Stephen Quiller, George James, Donna Watson, Ted Nuttal, and John Salminen.

EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS:

Exhibition, Wells Art Gallery, Riverside, CA
Riverside Art Museum Selected Exhibitor
Mission Inn Incredible Gift Corner
San Juan Capistrano Mission
Friends of Mission Inn Foundation
Art-A-Fair Festival, Laguna, California, 1991 – 1998
Riverside Orange Blossom Festivals
Textures Interior Design, Riverside, CA
Mezzanine Exhibit, Riverside Art Museum
Art Alive, Riverside Art Museum
Riverside Rape Crisis Annual Gala Event
Art For Heaven's Sake, 2010, Redlands, CA


MEMBERSHIPS:

Board of Trustees, Riverside Art Museum, 2001–2006
Artist member, Riverside Art Museum
Artist Member, Riverside Arts Council
Associate Member, Watercolor West

Riverside Plein Air Artists, 2007-2008

 

PAINTINGS AT PUBLIC PLACES

Riverside County Courthouse, Riverside, CA.  
San Bernardino County Courthouse, San Bernardino, CA.  
Appellate Court, Fourth District, Division Two, Riverside, CA.  
Victor Miceli Law Library, Riverside, CA.  
Western Municipal Water District, Riverside, CA.  
Metropolitan Water District, Riverside Facility
City of Riverside, Riverside, CA 
U.S. Supreme Court (Justice Anthony Kennedy)
California Supreme Court (Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye)

 

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:

Gresham Savage Nolan & Tilden
Best Best & Krieger
Haight, Brown & Bonesteel,
Varner Saleson & Brandt
Law Office of John Vineyard
Law Office of Bernard Donahue
Graves & King Law Firm
 

 

 

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