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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

                                            Gallery, Cairns

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’



Art Education


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!

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