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Artist Sandra Yorke


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The Artist Says:


I have been painting acrylics and watercolors for 20 years and every painting teaches me something. I am a lifelong learner and feel so inspired by the beauty around me that I feel I must paint it. I feel very connected to nature spiritually and sometimes even feel as  though a painting is coming through me on its own while I watch it develop on the paper. I use only archival paper (Arches cold pressed) and professional quality paints in all my paintings.




Biography


There is a part of me that has always been an artist. Growing up in the country (first on a forty acre farm in Wisconsin, and then in the town of Ellensburg, Washington), I have always loved being out in nature. I have always been inspired by the spiritual connection between humans and nature. There is a healing and a sense of renewal that occurs, whether one is viewing the stream of light coming through the trees in the forest or the soft mist hiding the landscape around us. Through the years I sought to capture the scenes I saw. I was always hiking or riding my horse around exploring the beauty around me. Sometimes my camera was my sketch book and other times I tried to re-create the scene when I got back home.
I went to school at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington where I met my future husband and somehow graduated with a degree in Microbiology. How did that happen you may ask? Well, I also had an interest in science and one thing led to another and you know how that story goes. But deep inside I knew I was still an artist.
I kept painting and took some classes and workshops through the years (mainly in watercolor, but also oils and pastels). People started asking me if my paintings were for sale (I had given away most of the early paintings as gifts). So I started selling a few paintings and thus began my art career. I also got married, had two wonderful children and felt blessed I could still find a small amount of time for painting.
Now my kids are grown and leading productive, creative lives of their own and I have recently retired after 30 years of working in the public health field.
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