Sandy’s early education in art came from an unusual source – film noir and silent films.

“Painting stills from silent films gave me much of my education in art.”

Interpreting those dramatic photographs, rich with the shadows and lighting that depicted early Americana, she quickly became a value painter, and began creating impressionistic watercolours. (See her Silent Still series.)

Letting Picasso Free Me to Take Risks

The Mystery of Picasso, a ’50s documentary, was the inspiration Sandy needed to liberate herself in order to become the artist she’d always wanted to be. It was almost literally a day in the life of Picasso – the camera watching him paint, draw and create through a transparent screen that makes the viewer feel as if he or she is participating in the actual creation of his works. In one scene, Picasso stated something about the “surprising truth at the bottom of the well,” which stuck with Sandy and she was able to build on that concept to create her “Surrealistic Spirit” series of paintings and drawings.

“Suddenly, I felt as though I’d been liberated artistically. No more would I have to be just a copyist or a value painter. I could be the colourist I’d always wanted to be and free to express that which my soul contained. Picasso’s given me a new lease on life!

To find a way to liberate myself artistically… simply because by getting into the mind of someone like Picasso who never feared risk-taking, being able to clear the conduit that leads from the imagination through the artist’s body and out into the hands, without the obstruction caused by fear, hesitancy, the thought process and me always being my own worst enemy… THE FLOW is the result… and it’s like water.

Like Picasso, I feel I’ve been ‘out to assume the powers of other artists, to assimilate them into (my) own voracious psyche.’”

Painting Music

Painting Music is the theme of my life’s work.  I’ve written lots of songs about art and created lots of art about music.”

Like the Fauves, I Can Never “Escape His Violent Wake”

“Van Gogh helped him [Picasso] to unlearn all accepted notions of artistic decorum and pour his heart and guts, spleen and libido onto canvas… set out to make angst palpable in paint…” – John Richardson

“…I wish to paint the artist’s struggle against nature, the creative effort in the work of art, effort of blood and tears to give one’s flesh, to create life: always wrestling with the truth and always beaten, the battle with the angel. … tormented by his inability to give birth to his own genius…”