ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: ELIZABETH SANDIA
Elizabeth Sandia, originally from New York, has an extensive professional background in art – as an architectural designer, art director, illustrator, and graphic artist. In 1995 Sandia gave up her Key West architectural practice to move to Santa Fe and devote her time fully to painting.
A seamless transition from designing buildings to painting them helped make Elizabeth’s leap of faith a reality. She divides her time between painting captivating landscapes, curious livestock, and crumbling adobes in each of the beautiful seasons of the southwest.
Sandia’s award-winning paintings are highly sought after by corporate and private collectors. She shows in select galleries and regularly participates in invitationals. Elizabeth is a signature member of The Pastel Society of America.
“I am strongly drawn to the patterns and shapes and colors of the west, and how deep shadows come to life next to bright patches of sunlight. Each time I paint on location, my challenge if to capture certain fleeting effects, like the last rays of setting sun stretching across a ridge, the pink glow bathing a canyon, or violet shadows on an adobe wall.
The best way for me to work is to return to favorite locations over and over. Painting a place many times allows me to focus on its subtle nuances I may have missed previously.
I want each painting to be about the special quality that first grabs my attention. I want it to arouse emotions in viewers. I want you to feel the chill of an early morning, delight in a forgotten pleasure remembered, be enveloped by the sanctity of an old adobe chapel.”
International Artists Magazine, Choosing Between Oils and Pastels
The Pastel Journal, August 2005, By Michael Chesley Johnson (PDF 745kb)
Elizabeth Sandia – Listening to an inner voice led this artist across the country to paint landscapes that speak of and to the soul.
Southwest Art, April 2005, By Devon Jackson (PDF 430kb)
It took Elizabeth Sandia years to find Santa Fe and her career as a pastel landscape artist – and then it all clicked.
Focus Santa Fe, September 2003, By Gussie Fauntleroy (PDF 340kb)
Old Friends – Elizabeth Sandia returns to her favorite spots and shares them with us through pastel images.