Sandra has been an artist for many years and has an Associateís Degree in Fine Art from Monroe Community College and a Bachelorís Degree in Fine Art, summa cum laude, from Eastern Michigan University, with a major in drawing and photography. She worked as a lab assistant in the ceramics program at Monroe County Community College for four semesters and also taught a fully accredited computer graphic design class there for several semesters. After working in a variety of media, including ceramics, photography, and watercolor, she has recently settling into scratchboard.
Anything in Godís creation qualifies as potential subject matter, the natural world with all of its subjects, variations, shapes, and colors. However, she most often does images of people, birds, and animals, along with the occasional landscape, adding spiritual symbolism when she can justify it.
When portraying people, Sandra sometimes use physical distance, expressions, and body language to show the complex nature of relationships. Capturing an emotion to hint at an underlying story is also important to her. Mostly though, she just enjoys all the variety of form, expression, and personality in human faces.
The concept of bringing light out of darkness, which, to her, is the essence of scratchboard, makes it a natural fit for her. She currently enjoys working primarily in black and white. Sandra creates art to satisfy the need to explore and understand shapes, textures, values, color, and especially the subtleties of light and shadow as they bring a subject to life.
Original artwork can be purchased on my other website: sandralafaut.com