Sandra was born, educated and went to college in the North East of Scotland and has lived here for most of her life.
In 1990 she graduated as a mature student at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen with a B.A. degree in Fine Art. The following year Sandra gained a Post Graduate Teaching Diploma and also attended King’s College University, Aberdeen for one year in the Fine Art History department.
She is interested in the elements of colour and pattern to evoke rather than describe a subject. Painting mainly in oil, a variety of subject matter interests her.
This part of the eastern coast between the Grampians and the sea is softly undulating arable land full of rich colour and pattern and is drawn to the agricultural landscape of her upbringing.
The changing seasons and ever changing transience of light are rich factors when looking for subject matter. Haymaking, harvest and ploughing together with strong yellows and pinks of gorse and willowherb supply an ever changing source of exploration.