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Sandra June

 

Artist Bio

Sandra June was born and grew up in eastern South Dakota, where wide open spaces and big skies formed her visionary sensibilities. Exposure to visual arts began well before elementary school for Sandra:  her mother’s natural instincts guided experiences with crayons and pencil very early on. Sandra remembers being three years old when she colored on walls and black and white family photographs to add interest. Her mother was not amused.

As a student at the University of Georgia, Sandra explored various forms of artistic expression — photography, clay, inks, colored pencils, printmaking and paints — while earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting. In the classroom, Sandra was struck by Mark Rothko’s work, which evoked a deeply emotional response to simple color, and Donald Judd’s minimalist structures, for their simplicity and stark beauty. She was inspired then to express her visions through paint in the abstract, which often took on a minimalistic nature.

 

 Sandra left Georgia, and it’s prevalent greenery, and returned briefly to South Dakota for the simple pleasure of “going home” and living where one can see wide horizons, big skies and vast sunrises and sunsets. Her move to western Colorado was evoked by an interest in the spacious and colorful land, the bluest of skies and the dry, mild climate.

Sandra continues using color and large canvases to paint in the abstract. Her choice to work ever larger, her need to explore, and her creative impulses are often driven by her interest in the natural human responses to colors, shapes, lines and the spaces that these entities occupy on her canvases.

Artist Statement

My first significant exposure to the purpose and meaning of abstract art was as a student at The University of Georgia. To discover that art can be specifically about emotional responses to colors and shapes was transforming. Abstract expression meshed with my life-long casual interest in psychology. It also explained the abstracted drawing and painting that came so naturally to me. So, there it was…and I was all in! I (almost) never looked back.

Fully immersed, I chose paint as my medium for exploring the effects of colors, shapes and lines on emotional responses.

As a student, I began with oils and came to love blending colors on canvas for soft, calming effects. It was some years after graduating that I began to explore acrylics. The initial experience was quite different from oils — they dried so fast and seemed to demand immediate and permanent decisions. I got some good, bright paintings, however.

Recently I began to wonder if it was possible to get the effects of softened, blended colors with acrylics like I could with oils. After several months of intense exploration, I was pleased with what I was able to accomplish. Though it took more effort and elbow grease, I came to be as comfortable with acrylics as I had been with oils.

With acrylics, I often paint skewed structural forms that appear to shift in space or lose their form to some degree. I feel that this is representative of human perception and understanding that shift and change over time with the accumulation of experience and knowledge. Our perception of anything — situations, conditions, ourselves — is forever in flux, as is our understanding of situations, conditions, ourselves.

Nearly always, there is also a source of light in my work, which I interpret as hope — for the individual as well as for humankind.

I would like viewers to respond to my work with hope and wonder and a willingness to explore an abstract painting in relation to their personal thoughts, perceptions and emotional responses to color, form, space and light.

June

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