Chicago-born Sandy Brown has received degrees in art and education from Northeastern Illinois University and has done post-graduate work in studio art and art history at Northern Illinois University. She’s been the Executive Director of both the Monroe Arts Center in Monroe, WI, and the Monroe Area Council for the Arts in Madisonville, TN.
As a watercolorist and mixed-media artist, Sandy enjoys analyzing structure, and showcasing the rhythm of what she sees. Noted for a strong sense of color, value, and line, her work may incorporate many different water-based media—as well as pastel. Her emphasis on painting relationships, rather than things, together with an inherent fascination for line and movement, drive both what she paints and how she paints it. Working without a formal reference, Sandy doesn’t consciously paint a specific thing, but rather works with each piece until it has a presence –until it can hold its own. Among her earliest influences are the American Luminists and Constable. Additionally, she’s drawn to van Gogh’s passionate brushwork and purity of color.
An award-winning artist in both national and regional shows and exhibits, Sandy has taught and conducted workshops in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Tennessee. She has exhibited across the Midwest and Tennessee, and has an upcoming solo show at Dogwood Gallery, Tallapoosa, GA. A collaborative exhibit with photographer Jim Caldwell was entitled: “Lens and Brush: Visual Textures of East Tennessee” and was featured in the magazine McMinn County Life in spring, 2013.
Her work can be found at Liz-Beth & Co Fine Art in Knoxville, Museum at 5 Points, Cleveland, TN, Wall Gallery Fine Art & Framing, Columbia, TN, and the Art Market at the Arts Center, Athens, TN.