I am excited to introduce you to the wild and whimsical of artist Sandy Welch. She is the latest Artist Spotlight Series feature known for her colorful works.
West Hartford, CT,
I have to paint.
It’s vital to my life.
I paint wherever I am.
I paint from a youthful, fresh, feminine and passionate perspective.
Summer is my mirror.
Fashion is my muse.
My palette is filled with the delicious colors of summer
And often (but not always)
The subjects dominating my work are reflections of my love
For the fashion world.
The mysterious power of a pair of high heeled shoes
Or the many faces and inner beauty of woman
I’m excited by the beauty that surrounds me.
This is how I choose to create my life
And my art.
What is your training?
I attended The Cleveland Institute of Art part time and the other part of the time I managed to work in the art field. Advertising and Fashion was always my forte …..
What inspires you and your designs?
My inspiration comes from several areas….Gardens, Fashion, People, beaches & even animals..especially Lambs…they are so sweet!
Joan Mitchell work has been very influential. This work was inspired by her.
What is your favorite piece?
My favorite piece is my portrait of CoCo Chanel
and my abstract painting entitled Peony Love.
Two very different paintings…..
How has the your area influenced your work?
Living between Boston and New York really keeps me in the loop with whats happening in the art world and fashion….I also love living near the ocean….especially visiting Nantucket!
What is your favorite restaurant in (your city)?
I have a couple of favorite restaurants…Peppercorns , wonderful Italian food,
Briccos kind of American/Italian and
Maxs Downtown…..steaks & chops….I have a pretty simple palette…clean food…not too saucy!
Oh and I Definitely have a chocolate habit …..A daily dose for sure! (especially dark) YUM!
What is your favorite cocktail?
My very favorite cocktail is a Mojito … especially in the summer……
I also love wine…. A wonderful chilled Rose (Provence )
on a hot day and a smooth Pinot Noir or Cab on those chillier days.
How do you balance personal life and work?
My Art always comes first…for many years I had to work full time (Acct. Exec. for Estee Lauder Co.) I would always say “One of these days I will pursue my art career…15 years ago I gave up my career and went WHAM BAM into a full time art career…I’m still holding on to a part time position with Chanel but in no way does it interfere . In fact , doing Make Up application in a way is art……the difference ….the canvas can’t talk back!
My Dream trip…too many places to mention…definitely back to Paris and the South of France, back to parts of Italy that I haven’t been….oh my, I can go on and on!!!
Your favorite host / hostess gift to give?
A great bottle of wine and one of my Artees!!!!
Dream Commission…Huuum…not sure about this…I’m happy painting and selling every day…..My dream commission is every time I sell a painting…BUT , I wouldn’t mind being featured in Bergdorfs windows (like Hunt Slonem with his bunnies)
Who is your style icon?
LOVE Karl Lagerfeld…talk about creative and an artist!!!! WOWZA…absolute love all his Chanel creations!!!!
Your favorite up and coming artist?
I have several…I will mention four… Rose Masterpol,
All are abstract artists and very different !
What is your most treasured possession?
My most treasured possession is my dog Tootsie!!!!!
What are you reading?
I am presently reading The Allure of Chanel….
What are you listening to?
I absolutely LOVE music..all kinds…from Jazz to Pop…I tune in to Itunes internet radio and listen to The Jazz Grove…
Shirley Horn, Tom Lellis….he does a rendition of Baubles, Bangles and Beads thats wonderful!!!! John Legend is on the top of my list too!
What are your favorite blogs / publications?
Enjoy a few favorites:
I WISH you a great week.
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