I paint what I love.
Animals and art have always been the two constants in my life. I grew up on a ranch in Texas, and the livestock and the land are forever a part of my soul.
As soon as I could hold a pencil, I was drawing the horses and cattle on our ranch, and later received private art lessons as a child.
After attending a small rural college, I entered the corporate world and also began a career as a fine-art photographer. When the photographic realm turned digital and became 100% computer-dependent, I sold my darkroom and returned to painting — where, with just a few colors, an artist can almost bring a scene to life — no electricity required!
Other than a few lessons or workshops, my art education comes from observation and practice.
I’m often asked why cattle are my main subject — that’s because they are what I know and care about. My husband and I have several Texas Longhorns on our ranch near Columbus, Texas . These animals connect me to the land and to my own roots. So, it is no surprise they naturally become the subjects of many of my paintings.
When painting in a realistic style, I want the viewer to relate to the same beauty and character in these animals as seen through my eyes. And, when painting in a whimsical manner, I strive to bring a smile or laugh to the viewer. And always, no matter how or what I paint, my wish is to be successful in conveying my vision.
I am very blessed and grateful to be able to support myself doing what I love, and I am honored when a collector chooses to give one of my paintings a home on their wall. Creating my art fulfills me. It gets no better than that.
Gallery of Sandra at work (Click on thumbnail to view larger image):