Crooked Creek Art League congratulates Sandra Oliver for her multi piece exhibit at the Prosperity Town Hall. Her artwork will be on display now through the end of July.
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Art, whether drawing or painting, is a means of expressing my vision, thoughts and feelings in a personal way. Even though I have painted using a variety of media – oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, charcoal, and pencil – I find watercolors to be the most challenging, fulfilling, difficult, and at times least forgiving. Through watercolors I have learned to see the shadows and the variations in color in my subject. While painting a landscape is fun and relaxing, I have found that I always return to painting flowers when I want to “get lost” in my painting. The intricacies of the petals, leaves, and stems are fascinating for me. I love to see the flower come to life as one color merges with another.
A native of North Carolina and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Sandra Oliver has called South Carolina home since moving here in 1976. She retired from the South Carolina public schools after teaching both business and mathematics.
Sandra first developed an interest in art after moving to Newberry, SC, in 1993 when she studied pastel and oil painting under Lois Funderburk, local artist and art teacher for a year. Devoting her time to her family and teaching, Sandra did not resume her art studies until mid-2011.
A member of Crooked Creek Art League, Sandra has studied with watermedia artists Anna Kay Singley, Audrey Montgomery, and Ann Hightower-Patterson. She also has participated in workshops with Todd Baxter, Donnie Hughes, Helen Beacham, Lee Monts, and Alexis Levine. Currently, Sandra is taking pottery classes at Frog Level Art Center with Ted Fussel.
She has been juried into the South Carolina State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit, Amateur Division, every year since 2011. She has also exhibited paintings in Crooked Creek Juried Art Exhibition, Union County Arts Council Juried Art Show, North Charleston Juried Art Show, Old Santee Canal Juried Art Show (Moncks Corner), and Art Flow (Allendale). The Gallery in Newberry also has several of Sandra’s paintings.
Sandra’s collage and watercolor work, “Orchid,” won the Post Card Award in the Crooked Creek Juried Art Exhibition in 2017. She has been co-chair of the Juried Art Exhibition for the past two years.