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SOAR Welcomes Artist Sandi Whetzel!

Wine Jewels, by Sandi Whetzel

Wine Jewels, by Sandi Whetzel

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is happy to welcome contemporary artist Sandi Whetzel to the Visual Artists directory!  Sandi is a contemporary fine artist inspired by the intriguing, graceful shapes she finds tucked away in nature. Her fascination compels her to enhance their contours and infuse them with luscious color. She enjoys the versatility, quick changeability and texture mediums of acrylics, extending the paintings around the gallery-wrapped edges of the canvases to add a third dimensional quality of the art. She has taught art classes through Umpqua Community College since 1997. Besides a few florals, succulents and other flora, and abstract trees, her current focus has been expanding a wine series of paintings.

Sandi paints from her studio in Days Creek, OR.  She has studied with accomplished artists Kevin Macpherson, Tom Browning and Harley Brown. She treasures most the continuing association with her mentor artist and friend, Bonnie Hill of Roseburg, OR.

Several of Whetzel’s works have been used to promote the wine industry through wine-themed events in southern Oregon. Her work appears in Northwest Artists: A Collection of Works by Notable Artists of the Northwest. Her paintings are in private collections in Oregon, Washington, California, Colorado and Arizona. She has exhibited in solo and numerous group shows during the last several years, including two shows at the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay, OR.

“I hope my art warms the spirit and inspires people to pursue their dreams. Art which does this for us helps make our working and living environments more of a sanctuary in stressful times. I consider my work to be most successful when people express how my paintings make them feel.”

During her childhood, Sandi’s family changed residence frequently to follow employment in the logging industry of southern Oregon and northern California. She attended many small elementary and high schools, none of which offered any art education. As a teenager she enjoyed paint-by-number oil sets and she became interested in drawing briefly around the age of thirteen. After that, Sandi didn’t have much contact with art until later in life.

For years after she married, her only artistic pursuits had been machine sewing garments and home decorator items. During this time, Whetzel was mesmerized by PBS TV painting shows. After beginning to paint on her own in order to create art for her home around her fortieth birthday, she eventually she took art instruction from a very talented and devoted community college art instructor, Bonnie Hill of Roseburg, OR. In 1997, after only a few years of instruction, Bonnie recommended Sandi to replace herself as instructor of the classes. Bonnie became Sandi’s close friend and mentor; a treasured source of inspiration and knowledge. Whetzel has been painting and instructing art ever since.

Creating paintings within the confines of an imposed theme, as with her wine series and other promotions for organizations, has proven to be a productive stimulus to conceive works illustrating those themes.  Without this, she feels she might not have created some of her most successful works.

Please visit Sandi’s listing, use the links to explore her Flickr gallery and blog, and connect with her using your favorite contact method provided there. We’ll also be syndicating Sandi’s blog, where she shares her show and event schedule and Flickr gallery, where she posts images of her new works. Her previous posts are available under the “Contributed Posts” tab in the menu above this post, and we hope to see new posts from her soon!

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