Photo by Terri Krause

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Michigan State University

Arizona Republic Newspaper - Dining Out Special Section - September 2008
Arizona Republic Newspaper - Scottsdale Edition - November 25, 2007
Radio Stations KEZ, KYOT, KOY, KNIX - Sunday November 18, 2007, Hidden in the Hills PR
Superstition Southwest Museum 2007 Calendar - Month of July
Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine, November 2006, Hidden in the Hills PR
East Valley Tribune front page - Sunday November 12, 2006
Ed Phillips Radio Show "Arizona Almanac" - May 20th, 2006
Boyce Arboretum Member's Newsletter, May 2006, Featured Artist
Pinal Ways Magazine, July/August 2006 Issue, Featured Artist
Apache Junction Independent
, April 2006, About Our Neighbors


2nd Place/ Arizona Art Alliance Spring Show / April 2008, Phoenix, AZ
Award of Merit / Tubac Center for the Arts / "Attitudes & Latitudes" Members Show / September 2007 / Tubac, AZ
Merit Award / Arizona Art Alliance Spring Show / April 2007, Phoenix, AZ
Award of Merit / Member's Juried Art Show / 2007 Tubac Center for the Arts, Tubac, AZ
2nd Place / "Autumn Gold Show" - Mesa Symphony 50th Anniversary / 2006 Mesa Art Center, Mesa, AZ
Honorable Mention / "Black & White Show" / 2006 Cobre Valley Center for the Arts, Globe, AZ
People's Choice Award /"Fabulous Fibers" / 2005 Cobre Valley Center for the Arts, Globe, AZ
Art Director's Award / 2005 Tubac Center for the Arts / "Journey's and Jetties" Members Show, Tubac, AZ
Second & Third Place / 2005 Tiny Topography Show / Cobre Valley Center for the Arts, Globe, AZ
Third Place & Merit Award
/ 2004 Photography Show /Cobra Valley Center for the Arts, Globe, AZ
Best of Show / 2003 Southwestern Art Show/ Cobra Valley Center for the Arts, Globe, AZ

I love to use the striking shapes made by cactus to create my various colorful interpretations of the desert. The saguaro is a favorite theme in my work, along with the prickly pear cactus. My colors are bold & dynamic…an "in your face" style. My paintings are taking either from sketches, plein air painting or photographs that I have taken while enjoying hikes in the desert.

My palette consists of acrylics, watercolors, markers, & mixed media. To me color is everything! I love the shapes & textures of different cactus…I try to use the play of light & shapes of what I see & convert it into fun interplay of colors. My work will NEVER be accidentally confused as a photograph."

For information
on my
April / May Solo Show
at the

Boyce Thompson Arboretum
click on April-May 2006

Listen to Sandy's interview on
Ed Phillips Radio Show
"Arizona Almanac

Go to Sandy's interview
on May 20th, 2006,
and click on the flag
on the right.


I have been painting & drawing ever since I was a small child. My mother used to give me crayons & a coloring book when I was still in the crib. I would be busy while she’d be sewing something in my bedroom. One day, she was getting the house cleaned up for a dinner party that evening. As usual, she gave me my crayons & coloring book, but left me alone so she could clean the house. Well, to her horror, when she came back to the bedroom, I had “drawn” on each bar on the crib, every wall space between the bars as far up as I could reach… using every color in the crayola box of course! There was no time to clean it up before the guests arrived, so she did the next best thing…she brought everyone in to show off “what her little artist had created”. I was off to a running start! Since then, painting has been my passion!

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