Sandra was born and educated in Toronto.
She was a high school art teacher for twenty-five years. After retiring from teaching, she started a floral design business, McLean and Ross which specialized in weddings & corporate events.
When Sandra retired she renewed her interest in art. She has been privileged to study with many respected artists: Steve Rose, Kim Lee Kho, Kal Honey, Judy Finch, John Leonard, and Brian Smith.
Sandra enjoys life painting especially portraiture; non-objective painting takes a close second. She always wanted to incorporate textiles into her painting and for the past few years she is working with that challenge.
I have always had a love of textiles, especially natural fibres e.g. linen, cotton, silk & wool. In the last few decades there has been an upsurge of synthetic & man-made fibres which are very interesting as well. However, I still lean toward
natural fibres. Lately, I have been experimenting with denim, unbleached cotton & canvas which I enjoy using in an unpredictable manner.
Why not substitute thickness of paint with layers of a variety of textiles or delineate the canvas with denim seams? The experimentation never ends. Once the desired effect is achieved be it a familiar object or just pleasant textures, it becomes a personal tapestry.