About Sandra Kensler
Sandra can be contacted by phone at (203) 421-5708
Sandra in her studio is in Madison, Connecticut. She paints almost exclusively with oils.
Sandra's Training:After completing her first career as a music teacher, Sandra moved to Connecticut from Indiana in 1990 and began her formal training in painting. She matriculated for two years at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts and partakes in private lessons and workshops.
Sandra's Exhibitions:Sandra has shown in numerous juried exhibitions, e.g., the Salmagundi Club (New York), the Guilford Art League, the Madison Art Society, the Clinton Art Society, the Lyme Art Association, the Rockport Massachusetts Art Association, and the New Haven Paint and Clay, where her work is in the permanent collection. She has had one-woman shows in Wisconsin and in Guilford, Centerbrook, Norwalk, West Hartford, South Windsor, and East Haddam, Connecticut. Her work is in private and corporate collections in the USA as well as in Europe, Kenya, and Mexico.
Sandra Teaches: She has taught "Painting Flat" at the Guilford Art Center and gives workshops in "Painting Flat" on request.
Sandra's Murals: Her commissioned murals can be seen in homes, businesses, financial institutions, and hospitals in Connecticut, for example, at Whitfield's in Guilford, Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, Middlesex Credit Union in Middletown, and the Dockside Grill in Branford.
Sandra's Paintings: Sandra's paintings can be seen and purchased at her studio in Madison. She also exhibits annually on the third weekend of July outside the Craft Expo on the Guilford Green as well as at various Madison Art Society and Guilford Art league shows, and at independent shows.
Sandra's Artist’s Statement
The world excites me and I want to express how I feel about it. I love to paint in cities. The shapes of buildings and the shapes of light and shadows in them interest me. I also love to watch people, so I paint them going about their daily routines. I exaggerate color and shapes in order to simplify what I see and to express this simplicity to the viewers of my paintings. I try to say one thing at a time and help my viewer appreciate that one thing. Even when I am painting in the countryside, I extend lines formed by roads, afternoon shadows, reflections, or interesting groups of trees. I try to let these shapes define the painting. For the last few years, I have been trying to simplify my work even more with new approaches. I have make my realistic paintings more contemporary, sometimes more abstract, by paring down design elements, tight cropping, unusual angles, flattened forms, highlighted color, and sharp-edged contour lines that penetrate and permeate the painting.
I visit museums and galleries regularly. The figures of Henri Toulouse-Loutrec, John Sloan, Alex Katz, and Pablo Picasso excite me. The works of Wayne Thiebaud and Fairfield Porter help me look at the world from new angles; and Henri Matisse’s designs of shapes and patterns help me organize my canvasses.
Sandra travels extensively and closely observes the world around her. She is most interested in people - their families, their cultures, their clothing, their homes, their communities, and whatever surrounds them that affects their daily activities. These things stimulate her and appear often in her work. Sandra's travels have taken her and her paints to many places - Central America, Oaxaca and Chiapas Mexico, Europe, Iceland, Newfoundland, Australia, Africa, Canada, and to most of the states in the USA. Africa and Oaxaca are her current favorites.
Contact:Sandra can be contacted by phone at (203) 421-5708 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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