Sandy Applegate, Artist

Starting to draw and “doodle” as a teenager, she always knew she was destined to do things differently.  This is evident in one very early photograph of her with her two sisters and brother:  the other three stand erect, hands at their sides, facing the camera head-on with nice smiles on their faces. Sandy however has arms akimbo, is turned 45 degrees to the left, eyes closed with a scrunched-up little grin on her face.  No wonder that she calls her artwork “Reality With a Twist”.

Sandy’s artwork deals with shape, color and ideas:  definitely with her own version of reality.  She works primarily in acrylic, watercolor, and pen and ink. Her newest medium is oil-based ink in which she creates Monoprints on paper or canvas, a method learned from Shy Rabbit’s Michael Coffee – his reductive-ink process.  She often incorporates mixed media to create unusual effects.   She likes to have several series of different subject matter in the works at one time,  this helps to keep her images and ideas fresh and lively. 

Her colors are bold, exciting and vibrant.  Her images are partly literal, but she incorporates “other-worldly” or abstract elements also.  Many pieces contain suggestions of the macrocosmic or microcosmic in them, often using circles or repetition to indicate the on-going cyclic nature of life.  She keeps a sense of humor about her, and loves to leave room in her work for the mysterious, the personal interpretation.


Sandy has been a full-time resident of Pagosa Springs, Colorado since 1995.

She was born in Wisconsin, raised in Illinois, and attended art school in Chicago.

She is currently devoting her time to creating and marketing her artwork,

as well as skiing, hiking, reading, and gardening.

She studied art in college, spent many years in a variety of careers and past-times, but always created and experimented with art media.  With the addition of several workshops with notables such as Pierre Mion, Gary Greene, Vera Curnow, Stephen Quiller, and Sean Dye,  she is free to use her “Artistic License” to create whatever reality she dreams of.

Artist Sandy Applegate


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