Sandra was born in Harrogate in the 1960’s and raised on a small, family run farm, at Menwith Hill, Nidderdale. She was given an easel on her 21st birthday by her father and Sandra proceeded to paint anything she could, from pictures of wildlife taken from books, to sitting outside painting farm scenes. In 2008 Sandra began painting the iconic Swaledale sheep, inspired by its varied elements, from the geometrical curve and swirl of the horns, to the random depth of the fleece and the defiant twinkle in their eyes. Sandra’s inspiration was clearly shared. When she exhibited her work in The Old School gallery in Muker in 2009 most of the work exhibited in that first year quickly sold and Sandra’s reputation established. Sandra’s work is now on display in galleries around the country and held in private collections worldwide including Dubai, the west coast of America, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. As a full time artist Sandra now spends much of her time up the fells in Swaledale and Wensleydale, taking photos of Swaledale sheep in their natural environment to capture their composition and movement. Sandra’s art is dedicated to her Father who was the epitome of the hardened Dales sheep farmer. Sandra loved him dearly and was always encouraged by him to keep painting until he passed away in 2009 before ever knowing of her success.
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