Sandi’s Biography

Soulful, atmospheric, moody, ethereal, Sandi’s style is full of movement, capturing her subject with light and colour. A deep connection with nature, and endangered species lifestyles and places, is obvious in a lot of work, as are especially the ocean, clouds and water.

Sandi was born in Victoria, Australia and immediately set upon travelling the country, with her parents in charge. This paved the way for an exciting and challenging life. Departing Australia in the early 80’s Sandi became a ‘citizen of the world’ for the next 16 years, 7 spent sailing the world’s oceans. Returning home, she became an OIC/Paramedic, a wonderful career of some 15 years, culminating in her Masters of Medical Science and a member of the first cohort of Physician Assistants in Australia.

Life however took a right turn. Encouraged by her fiance to pick up a pencil Sandi’s first painting “Pride” won the title of Best Emerging Artist. Passionate about the incredible facets of the medium, totally immersed in the ebb and flow across the paper, there was really no other option than to pursue excellence in Contemporary Watercolour.

Fascinated, Sandi allows her choice of pigments to move and interact with the water and each other in a dance across the paper, very little colour mixing occurs in the palette instead the colours are invited to mingle, push and tangle according to their personalities. A lot of water saturates the paper, colours washed in and sprayed out, textures created….totally absorbed by this interplay, Sandi accentuates light and life in her work, suggesting the narrative…the allegory in abstraction but capturing the essence of her subject in an exquisite point of focus, encouraging the viewer to complete the journey.

With work in international and Australian private and public collections, Sandi is rapidly gaining worldwide recognition for her stunning and bold watercolours. Sandi describes her unique and free style as Allegorical Representationalism….every piece tells a story, drawing parallels between the human condition and the wildlife and wild beauty of this planet we share, painted in a visionary, impressionistic style.

An avid contributor to conservation activities Sandi has donated work to raise funds and awareness for such organizations as ‘Living with Wolves’, ‘Project Orangutan’ and “Soldier On” (PTSD), and is a signature member of Artists for Conservation.


The Longworth Gallery, Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Museum of Contemporary Art, ArtPlu, Shanghai, China

Artists for Conservation Foundation – Supporting Nature Through Art – [Nature Artists | Wildlife Art

This interview was shot on location at The Longworth Gallery in 2015.

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