Pagosa Colored Pencil Artist Sandy Applegate
“Reality With a Twist”
Sandy has been a full-time resident of Pagosa Springs, Colorado for 10 years. 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, acting, singing, gourmet cooking 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 medium. With the additional 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.
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 and 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.
Sandy works in colored pencil, watercolor, pencil and inks primarily. 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. She may work on several at a time, and this helps to keep her images and ideas fresh and lively.
Her colors are bold, exciting and vibrant. Her images are partly figurative, but she incorporates “other-worldly” elements in many of them. She keeps a sense of humor about her, and loves word-play when titling her pieces. Many pieces contain elements of the macrocosmic or microcosmic in them.. Others use circles or repetition to indicate the cyclic nature of life. She loves to leave room in her work for the mysterious, the personal interpretation.