Sandra Campbell, a former teacher of English who enjoyed incorporating art into the curriculum, began studying art once she retired. Following a number of classes in drawing and other media, she concentrated on pastel painting for three years with master pastelist Thelma Davis. Later she attended workshops with other recognized artists as well as taking art classes at local colleges.
In the last few years, Sandra has branched out into collage and multimedia in addition to pastels. Subjects include landscapes, florals, still life and, occasionally, animals. A number of artworks are inspired by her travels, where she is accompanied by a digital camera. She belongs to a painting group which meets twice monthly to paint, critique and support one another. Sandra is also a member of the Sierra Pastel Society and the Amador County Artists Association through which she has participated in open studio tours.
"I love color and experimentation. A class in collage and assemblage sent me off in new directions. Lately, I've created some abstract works, a complete departure for someone who used to produce only realistic art. And even with representational work, I like to punch up the colors. Amador County is alive with artists who inspire me and support my efforts. It's a wonderful place to be an artist."
Here are a few samples of Sandra's work