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Sandy Bonney

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Sandy's work may be found hanging in high-rise executive offices and movie star mansions as well the double-wides of hard-working blue-collar folk, in the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, South America, Asia and the Pacific Islands.

A self-taught artist, Sandy says the biggest steps in improving her work came from attending workshops. She has painted under such artists as Jan Kunz, Maggie Price, John-Michael Carter, Sally Strand, Bonnie Swart, George Strickland, Lorenzo Chavez and Margot Schultzke. She is looking forward to again working with Albert Handell later this year.

Although pastel is her favorite medium, Sandy also works in oils and watercolor. She has recently discovered the "just plain fun" of using acrylics for free form impressionistic works.


The three questions most often asked of me seem to be:
How long have you been painting? When did you sell your first piece? How long does it take you to paint a picture?

The first two questions are easy to answer. I don't remember when I started drawing. In my memory, I've always drawn. My first commissioned portrait was done while I was in Junior High School. The, then young, attorney who bought it still had it hanging in his office when he retired.

The third question has no one answer. The painting starts with an idea and gels with preliminary sketches and/or photographs. Then come the value studies, color studies, changes, more changes, then... I start to paint.

My work as an Animal Keeper at the Los Angeles Zoo, the years spent training and showing horses and dogs, and a bevy of various pets has expanded my proficiency of observation. This enables me to render compelling portrayals of both domestic and exotic animals. Living in this picturesque area has inspired me to turn my gaze more towards landscapes and seascapes.

How long does it take to paint a picture? As long as it takes, plus the sum of my life's experiences.