Rodd Ambroson - Bio
Sandi Lear - Bio
Soulful, atmospheric, moody, ethereal, Sandi’s style is full of movement, capturing her subject with light and colour. A deep connection with nature, especially endangered species, the ocean, and water is obvious in most work.
Sandi was born in Victoria, Australia and immediately set upon travelling the country, with her parents in charge. This paved the way for an exciting and challenging life. Departing Australia in the early 80’s Sandi became a ‘citizen of the world’ for the next 16 years. Returning home, she became an OIC/Paramedic, a wonderful career of some 15 years, culminating in her Masters of Medical Science and a member of the first cohort of Physician Assistants in Australia.
Life however took a right turn. Encouraged by her partner to pick up a pencil Sandi completed her first painting in 2012 winning the title of Best Emerging Artist that year. Passionate about the incredible facets of the medium, totally immersed in the ebb and flow across the paper, there was really no other option than to pursue excellence in Contemporary Watercolour.
With many inspirational artists to admire, Sandi sought and gained the attention of the eminent Mr. Morten Solberg, Master Watercolourist who is represented in many collections including the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery, and who remains her e-mentor.
Fascinated, Sandi allows her choice of pigments to move and interact with the water and each other in a dance across the paper, very little colour mixing occurs in the palette instead the colours are invited to mingle, push and tangle according to their personalities. Totally absorbed by this interplay, Sandi accentuates light and life in her work, suggesting the whole but capturing the essence of her subject. Carefully choosing the title and writing prose for each piece imbues the work with a deeper understanding of the influence and the story.
An avid contributor to conservation activities Sandi has donated work to raise funds and awareness for such organizations as ‘Living with Wolves’ and ‘Project Orangutan’. She is a Signature Member with Artists for Conservation and a member of the Susan K Black Foundation, amongst others. Her work may be found in private and public collections around the globe.
The Longworth Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Museum of Contemporary Art, ArtPlus, Shanghai, China
Gallery 67, Gladstone, Queensland, Australia
Artistree Gallery, Yungaburra, Queensland, Australia
TBA The Longworth Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
May 2015 – ongoing Museum of Contemporary Art, ArtPlu, Shanghai, China
8 May – 6 Jun 2015 Yungaburra Village Artists 10thAnniversary,
Tablelands Regional Gallery, Atherton
10 – 25 Apr 2015 Cairns Art Society’s 10th Artists of the North, Cairns
9 – 16 Dec 2014 Project Orangutan, Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst
21 Nov – 21 Dec 2014 Cairns Art Society’s 67th Annual Open, Cairns Regional Art
2 – 3 Nov 2014 Lakeside Festival, Forster
2 – 31 Oct 2014 Hallidays Point Gallery & Library, NSW – solo exhibition
Jan 2014 – Jan 2015 Tolga Woodworks – guest artist
Sep 2012 Mission Arts – Best Emerging Artist with ‘Pride’
Largely self-taught Sandi has refined her skills at the following workshops:
Jul 2015 Cairns ArtEscape with John Lovett
Jul 2014 Cairns ArtEscape with Greg Allen
Apr 2013 Workshop with Jean Haines
Jul 2012 Cairns ArtEscape with Mike Ferris
Sandi would like to express her deep gratitude for the ongoing mentorship by the eminent artist Mr Mort Solberg, oil painter extraordinaire Andrew Tischler, and the support of other very special talented artists.
You know who you are. Thank You!