Sandra, her partner Bob and their two dogs, Tessie and Winston, are ‘climate refugees’ from Western Australia. They moved to Penguin in Tasmania in 2013 to escape Perth’s heat.
Sandra taught Art and English in West Australian secondary schools and senior campuses for over 25 years, but it was only when she retired from teaching that she had the time (or energy) to pursue her own creativity.
Her earlier work revolved around flowers, birds and animals – mainly in watercolour with the addition of some gouache and acrylic – on paper, canvas and Claybord – from full sheet size right down to miniatures.
Sandra enjoys exploring new media and techniques and early in 2016 she discovered encaustic painting. A two hour introductory session with Evelyn Antonysen at Forth, Tasmania led to a new passion and she attended a three day workshop with Mo Godbeer in NSW and a one day workshop with Michelangelo Russo in Melbourne.
Some of Sandra’s career highlights include two previous articles in “Australian Artist’ (2009 and 2014) and holding the positions of Secretary and President of the West Australian Society of Arts. She has also been privileged to be part of the judging team for Artex (2014) and the Meandering (2016) exhibitions.
Sandra has exhibited widely around Perth and Tasmania, including four solo exhibitions and she has held many workshops and demonstrations. She is the recipient of several awards and her work has found its way to many places around the globe.