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"In 2002 I had an opportunity to leave the business world and move from Charlotte to the Western North Carolina mountains where I had participated in art sessions at the Painting In The Mountains art school since the late 70’s and in 1985 worked as co-director for the school. In Burnsville I established the Gates Studio, teaching and sharing with other artists and became active in the arts community. Discovering the Western NC mountains in the 70’s I knew it was where I wanted to live. I enjoy painting figures and still life and, in recent years, have experienced the joy of painting in plein air in oils. Being outside in my beautiful mountains and trying to capture their essence in oils is a constant inspiration."
A degree in Interior Design that included extensive studies in 2D and 3D art and art history, with many years of classes and workshops with internationally known artists including Jeanne Dobie, Elizabeth Ross, Maude Gatewood, Charles Reid, and the renowned watercolorist, Zoltan Szabo among others, has given Sandra the background to express her art in oils and watercolors.

She has exhibited in many shows, solo and group, including the juried Watercolor Society of NC show, Toe River Arts Council two-person show and Mayland Community College two-person show. In 2010 she was guest artist at ALHC in Hendersonville with a solo exhibit. She has won many awards, most recently at the 2010 Blue Ridge Parkway Plein Air Competition. She inspired the Toe River Arts Council Annual Paint Out approaching its fifth year in May 2011.

In 2008 Sandra founded and is current President of the Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild. She is very active in the local arts community in Burnsville where she lives with her husband.
Sandra is a past president of the Charlotte Artist Society and a past Co-Director of Painting in the Mountains in Burnsville, NC.

Sandra paints in both oils and watercolors. She enjoys all subjects, but is particularly excited by line, light and figures. With a sketchbook always nearby, she often sketches people in waiting rooms and airports and later transfers the sketches to canvas or watercolor.

Sandra's paintings are in collections nationwide.
Her studio is located at 108 Green Mountain Drive, two streets from downtown Burnsville, NC.

The studio is open to the public on occasion and by appointment.
Artists Mountain Retreat is offered at the studio with lodging and studio use. Sandra offers classes in oils and watercolors.

Call Sandra at: 828.678.3327 or 704.651.2871 or
email to inquire about workshops and retreats.