Sandy Scott received her formal art training at the Kansas City Art Institute and later worked as an animation background artist for the motion picture industry. She turned her attention to etchings and printmaking in the 1970s, and to sculpture in the 1980s. Born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1943 and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she is now headquartered in Lander, Wyoming near the foundry that casts her bronzes. She maintains studios at Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada and in the mountains of northern Colorado. Surrounded by mountains, lakes and streams, she is an avid outdoorswoman who loves to hunt and fish. In Canada her friends Dave and Michelle Beaushane (who own Nestor Falls Fly-In Outposts) frequently fly her and Trish (her long time friend who manages the business end of things) to remote lakes and portages north of Kenora, Ontario. She has made 16 trips to Alaska and has been to Europe, Russia, China and South America to visit the world’s great museums. She believes that for a wildlife artist to accurately present their subject to a viewer, they need to go out into the field. Her work is authentic. She has experienced and lived what she depicts. A lifelong interest in aviation has been invaluable to Sandy’s work as an artist. A licensed pilot for almost fifty years, she says, “I believe my knowledge of aerodynamics has been helpful in achieving the illusion of movement in my bird sculptures.” Her knowledge of aerodynamics was particularly evident in Mallard Duet, a sold-out sculpture that won the Ellen P. Speyer Award at the National Academy of Design in New York. This sculpture is in the permanent collection of Brookgreen Gardens and the National Museum of Wildlife Art. When asked what influenced her work the most, she replies, “First was the time I spent at the Kansas City Art Institute. It opened my eyes to the fundamentals of art and imparted a lifelong interest and love of art history. Second was my trip to the North Country and Lake of the Woods when I was a kid, which introduced me to what would become a never-ending source and inspiration. Third has been teaching workshops. Teaching is an ongoing discipline – I’ve learned and continue to learn through teaching.” Sandy participates in annual juried exhibitions including those at the Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA; Prix de West, Oklahoma City, OK; National Sculpture Society, New York, NY; Society of Animal Artists, New York, NY; Gilcrease Rendezvous, Tulsa, OK; Northwest Rendezvous, Helena, MT; Cheyenne Frontier Days Museum Show, Cheyenne, WY; Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, WY; and the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY. She has received awards for sculpture and etching from the Allied Artists, Pen and Brush Club, American Artist’s Professional League, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Club, National Academy of Western Art, Society of Animal Artists and the National Academy of Design.
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