Sandi Lear - Watercolour Artist
An autodidact passionately addicted to watercolour, Sandi is a full time artist and retired Physician Assistant and Paramedic.
Having travelled and lived all over the world, Sandi uses allegory to draw similitude between her subject and the human condition, often depicting endangered species and the ocean, thereby embracing allegorical representationalism, capturing the essence of her subject with exquisite focus leaving the remainder in semi-abstracted form.
Her work is soulful, spontaneous, provoking an emotive response, sparking a memory or transporting one to a special place; filling the work with atmosphere and emotion.
Sandi works freely and loosely allowing her choice of pigments to move and interact with the water and each other in a dance across the paper.
“The process of watching beautiful pigment and water explode with life in the tooth, tangle, weave and flow is deeply fascinating and utterly captivating. Each pigment has it’s unique character clamouring for expression and I have to give it voice.”
Winning emerging artist and open awards, her work is represented internationally and features in private collections in Australia, the orient, the USA and Europe.
The Longworth Gallery, Santa Fe, USA
Museum of Contemporary Art, China
Artistree Gallery, Yungaburra, Australia
2017 - Cover Twin Towns Times and editorial
- Advertorial Fine Lifestyles Magazine
- Advertorial The Santa Fean
2016 - Southwest Art April and May advertorial, editorial & Australian Artists feature article
- Fine Lifestyles Santa Fe advertorial
- The Santafean advertorial
- Inside Santa Fe advertorial
- Focus Magazine Manning and Great Lakes article
- Hallidays Point News of Our World article
2015 - Fine Lifestyles Santa Fe advertorial
2014 - Hallidays Point New of our World article
2014 - present - weekly online awards for Amazing Art, Featured Artist & Weekly Wonders - Work of Art World, online
2016 - 1st Prize Painting all media, Lakeside Art Prize (Inaugural)
2016 - Highly Commended - GLAS Annual Open Exhibition, Forster, NSW
2016 - Dubai Emerging Artist Award - selection as finalist
2016 - Highly Commended - Port Stephen's Art Prize
2016 Lakeside Festival Art Prize - November, Tuncurry, New South Wales
2016 Annual Open Exhibition ongoing - GLAS Gallery, Forster, New South Wales
2015 ongoing - The Longworth Gallery - Santa Fe, NM, USA
2015 Cairns Art Society’s Artist of the North - Tanks, Cairns
2015 Cairns Art Escape Exhibition of artists’ work - Tanks, Cairns
2014 Yungaburra Village Artists - Exhibition & auction
2014 Cairns Art Society 67th Annual Exhibition - Cairns Regional Art Gallery, two works selected as finalist
2014 TAP Gallery - Darlinghurst, New South Wales
2014 ‘Freedom’ Solo Exhibition - Hallidays Point Library & Gallery, New South Wales
2014 Lakeside Festival - Forster, New South Wales
2014 Tolga Woodworks & Gallery - booked as the solo exhibiting watercolour artist for the year
2014 - 2nd place open media, 2nd place watercolour - Atherton Show, QLD
2012 - Best Emerging Artist - Mission Arts, Qld
2012 Cairns Art Escape Exhibition of artists’ work - Tanks, Cairns
2012 Mission Arts - Mission Beach, Queensland - exhibition post awards for one year
Artists for Conservation - Signature Member
National Association for Visual Artists Inc
Tablelands Regional Art Society
Cairns Regional Art Society
Great Lakes Art Society
Queensland Wildlife Artists Society Inc
Queensland Watercolour Society
Support for Conservation:
Sandi has been involved with gaining awareness and helping to raise funds include approaching Jim and Jamie Dutcher of Living with Wolves for permission to use some of their amazing photography to compose a painting, and then running a successful online auction. The piece is entitled: “First Light” and was won by a lovely lady in the Yukon, who then donated more money to the organisation.
Shortly after, Sandi was contacted by Jessica Warwick for Project Orangutan Exhibition in Sydney, a fundraiser for International Animal Rescue Inc, and painted and donated two paintings for the exhibition & subsequent sale.
Sandi continues to work towards and donate work to the cause of raising awareness and funds to support global conservationist activities through her art, supporting charities for the preservation of species and habitats such as the Great Barrier Reef, re-population of wolves in the USA and Europe, preserving Sugar Glider and other marsupial habitats in Australia, to name a few.
Fortunate to have two studios and therefore two homes, one is 2.5 acres of rainforest and orchard on the Atherton Tablelands in Queensland. There Sandi and her fiancé have a platypus habitat, also many wild birds, frogs, snakes and marsupials make their home. More importantly, Sandi is an apiarist, and dedicated to doing everything possible to help bees learn to deal with Varroa (new to Australia) mite and protect from pesticides and pollution; companion planting to provide nectar and pollen for birds, bees and butterflies, and grow household crops.
In addition, Sandi is guest speaker at the local TREAT - Trees for the Evelyn & Atherton Tablelands, a forestry initiaitive working with local people who prepare and plant native seedlings for reforestation and rehabitat projects. An ex-paramedic Sandi provides advice on first aid, lectures on ticks, snakes and other issues such as Leptospirosis; as well as being involved in the preparation and planning of reestablishment of animal corridors and indigenous plant species.
- Southwest Art (2016)
Advertorial and part of feature on Australian Artists -
- 2017 - Artists for Conservation
- 2015 - Great Lakes Art Society
- 2014 - National Association for Visual Artists Inc
- 2013 - Queensland Wildlife Artists Society Inc
- 2012 - Cairns Regional Art Society