August Field is a 36" x 48" x 2" oil painting on canvas. It is part of a series of Leelanau farms and fields begun several years ago. I grew up on a farm in Ionia County and the rolling fields, farms and fences remind me of the marks made on the land by five generations of my family. Stewardship of our lands is an important component of my work. This painting uses the theme of rhythm both in compositional structure as well as concept. The seasonal rhythms of life are echoed here as well as the cadence of the fenceposts, marks on the lands imposed by mankind. I see landscape painting as an abstraction from nature. I paint only places where my feet have been on the ground and I can remember the idea of the place when I am back in my studio. The time of day, weather and season of the year guide me toward the color mixing for each painting. I often move shapes around to get the most effective composition. I re-landscape the landscape. I am Professor Emeritus of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. I taught color, composition and design for incoming freshman there, in addition to other studio courses. I also chaired the Foundation and Fine Arts Programs and was instrumental in beginning the Art Education Program.
Sandi's ArtPrize Entries
These are Sandi's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.