Sandy began her art career over 40 years ago as an oil painter and a potter. Her journey took many interesting twists and turns as she experimented with various media. Her paintings tell a story about the places she lived in, visited and loved. Her subject matter reflects her experiences living in the West, the Southwest, the Northeast, on the island of Maui, and most recently in Bend, central Oregon. She also gathered visual material while on vacation to faraway places like Italy and France.
In around 2006, her artistic expression expanded to include kiln-formed glass. The boldness of color, reflection and transparency of glass opened up boundless joy for her as did the endless possibilities of fused glass. Sandy found total harmony in its exploration and enjoy combining Art and Function in her glass pieces. Glass provided another “canvas” for her.
Although she spent most of her time in the glass studio, she continued to paint. Her art, both glass and painting, was energized by the beauty of nature, from Maui and most recently to the mountains and forests of central Oregon. She loved to translate the color, shape and form of her surroundings to canvas and glass. When she was painting or forming a piece of glass art, she felt inspired. She felt complete joy and harmony…a peaceful and balanced energy. Art truly became her life’s passion! “Art is my road to Harmony”. We are very sad to report that Sandy passed away in September 2023. Many of her designs are being continued by her husband, Bob.
I have dabbled in watercolor painting for over 35 years, taking courses in drawing and watercolor on and off, without a serious commitment to art until mid 2012. I was a full time engineer and manager in the defense industry until being forced to retire in February, 2012.
Evaluating whether to pursue a lingering unrequited passion for art, or new full time employment in the defense industry, I chose to throw myself into the pursuit and promotion of art as an active member of Sandy’s business, Art to Harmony. I have been applying my management skills to enhance the business aspects of Art to Harmony… but more importantly, I have been developing my dormant artistic side in the area of watercolor painting as well as fused glass. I have always admired the free style used by impressionistic minimalist watercolor artists, and will be developing and honing that style for myself. I have also been intrigued by Sandy’s work in fused glass, fostering an excited enthusiasm for glass art as well. In addition to Sandy’s art, the Art to Harmony website will also present my glass art pieces as I continue to transition from left brain analytic thinking to right brain artistic expression. I will do my best to do justice to Sandy’s glass art designs…. Bob