“My studio is in the heart of the Peak District with views of the moors of the Dark Peak to a distant Kinder Scout. A keen walker, I am inspired by seasonal colours, ever-changing light, weather and the atmosphere of not only this landscape but also the striking coastlines of the United Kingdom. I am drawn to the enduring aspects of these dramatic sites. In my studio I use sketches and photographs and most importantly, my memories of being there, to recreate a sense of time and place. I work in layers of pastel- exploring variations of colour and texture. The hands-on nature of its application lets me make a direct connection with each work.”
Winner of the Tarmac LTD Landscape Prize at The Derbyshire Open 2009 and Best Visual Artist Award, Buxton Festival Fringe 2009, Sandra’s atmospheric work is inspired by the seasonal colours, weather, texture and light of the ever-changing moorland landscape that surrounds her studio in the heart of the Peak District. A regular hill-walker, she draws upon her memories and love of the moors to create vivid pictures that not only reflect the intense hues and tones of wild open spaces, but also evoke a strong sense of time and place. Carefully applied layers of pastel on specialist paper are gradually built up to dramatic yet subtle effect. Charcoal and conte are brushed with water – then worked over when drying to create sweeping brushwork combined with textural details. Sandra’s influences include both historical and contemporary landscape painters- from J.M.W.Turner to Anselm Keifer. The results are expressive pictures in both dramatic black and white and vivid colour that capture the striking scenery and skies of Derbyshire and beyond.