Sandra is a 'climate refugee' from Perth, Western Australia. She moved to Penguin, Tasmania in 2013 with her partner Bob and their two fur-babies. In 2021 she relocated to Launceston to be closer to family. Sandra taught mainly Art and English in WA secondary schools and senior campuses for 25 years. In the latter part of her working life she was involved in Aboriginal, adult and migrant education.
Sandra is past president and secretary of the West Australian Society of Arts and was a member of the Watercolour Society of WA (juried admission).
Since moving to Tasmania, she has become active in the Burnie Coastal Art Group, The North West Art Circle, West Tamar Art Group and the Launceston Art Society.
Her work has been featured in the "Australian Artist' magazine on several occasions and in 2018 she was invited to tutor an encaustic workshop at the McGregor School of Art at Toowoomba University. Sandra has also been invited to tutor workshops, demonstrate for art groups and judge at exhibitions in Perth and environs and also Tasmania.
She has exhibited widely - including with TASART, Artex, CAST, LAS and The Miniature Society of Tasmania - to name but a few. Her work is in collections in Australia and overseas.
Sandra loves trying new media and techniques and she has explored watercolour, mixed media, miniatures, encaustic and alcohol inks. Her latest passion is acrylics and modelling paste to create highly textured and colourful works on canvas. She is inspired by the natural world - especially the flora and fauna of this beautiful island of Tasmania.
She has held seven solo exhibitions in Perth and Tasmania has won many awards - the latest being the 'Essence of the Valley' at the Meander Valley Art Award (October 2022), TASART at Burnie (also October 2022), NWAC at the Devonport Regional Gallery (judged award and public vote) March 2023, Viewers' Choice at NETAC in Scottsdale (June 2023) and Artex in November 2023.
Associateship in Art Teaching (Curtin University, 1978).
Bachelor of Education ( Edith Cowan University, 1993).
Glass Slumping and Fusing (Curtin University, 1999).
Cert IV in Workplace Assessment and Training.