Artist Statement

Growing up on a farm in a small town on the bank of the Mississippi River left me with a strong connection to the woods and the water. My love of painting began as a child, painting alongside my father. I continued studying painting at the University of Minnesota, and Eastern Michigan University. I continually study with artists I admire in classes and workshops. 

Now I am able to merge my connection with the landscape with my love of painting through Plein Air Painting. My paintings are an homage to the woods and water that surround and sustain us. My hope is that I can capture the essence of standing in the presence of this majestic beauty and share it through my paintings. It has been my great pleasure to share my work in many juried exhibits and Plein Air events.


My art education began as a child painting beside my father. I studied with Minnesota landscape painter, Herb Hultgren, and continued the study of painting at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and Eastern Michigan University. I continue to study by taking classes and attending workshops with painters I admire.

Juried Plein Air Event History

Paint Grand Marias Plein Air Event, MN 2021, 2022

Bluff Strokes, Iowa 2021 (rescheduled 2022)

Red Wing MN Plein Air Festival 2021 and 2020

Dexter Plein Air Festival 2015-2022

   2019 second place award painting: Tree Line

Milford Fresh Plein Air Event 2020

   Award winner

Juried Exhibition History

Glen Arbor Plein Air Event 2020-2022 Award Winner 2022

Northport Plein Air Festival 2020-2022

Michigan Fine Arts Competition  2019 and 2020

Northville Art House small works 2018-2020

    2020 award winner

Our Town Art Exhibits, Birmingham, MI 2015-2021

   Bronze award 2018 (Plein Air Painting)

Canton Fine Arts Exhibit, Canton MI 2013-2018

   Honorable Mention 2014

PAN Poetry and Art VFAA, Milford MI, 2013-2022

  Grand Prize winner 2013 (plein air)

  Merit Awards 2017, 2020, 2021(plein air)

Views and Visions, Milford, MI 2013-2018

  Award winner 2013, 2017 (plein air)


Winona State University, Winona, MN

2018 Peerless Corner

Sandra’s Work