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I am always painting to music and can often remember what I was listening to when painting a certain piece. Just click on any of the videos below to step inside the mood in my studio.
"A painting I completed in November 2014. I don't do florals very often but this one came out of a conversation with a close friend about the art of Judy Chicago and Georgia O'Keeffe, and what it means to be a female artist living in the age of third-wave feminism. The flower itself came from my garden... the musical inspiration during the work, from Adam Cohen..."
(The Song: What Other Guy, Adam Cohen)
"A painting I completed in October/November of 2014. I've been listening to a lot of Passenger this year, so there have been several paintings done along with his music in the studio. This song is especially meaningful..."
(The song: Rivers, Passenger, duet with Lior)
"A commissioned painting I completed in October 2014 for a North Carolina couple who honeymooned in Lake Louise. It was great to create something so meaningful for them and contribute to their celebration. This time through the process, it was Lenny Kravitz's music playing in the studio..."
(The song: Stillness of Heart, Lenny Kravitz)
My art biography is written by my daughter, because she says it better than I do….
As someone who feels most at home in the mountains and at the beach, the beauty and strength of the landscapes in my Mom’s paintings give me comfort. They have honestly shaped my appreciation for nature and the spiritual meaning I find in trees, skies, and oceans. My Mom’s ability to capture personality in her portraits has also inspired me in my own art.
Sandy Blass is a watercolour painter based in Calgary, Alberta, who finds her greatest creative and spiritual fulfillment through her work as an artist. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from the University of Calgary and training in watercolour at the Alberta College of Art and Design, Sandy Blass went on to pursue her favourite medium and has had her work featured in many solo and group shows over the years. Her major artistic influences include Lawren Harris, Toni Onley, and Marc Chagall.
Inspired by many years spent on Vancouver Island, much of Mom’s work centers on the powerful yet peaceful landscapes of the Pacific North West, its blues and greens bleeding out onto her canvases. The Rocky Mountains, big Alberta skies, and rolling hills of Israel also feature prominently in her paintings. Recently, her work has shifted focus slightly to include more portraiture and abstraction. Sandy Blass loves the freedom and flow of watercolour painting, which is clear in the unique style and harmony of her work.
When she isn’t painting, Mom enjoys spending time with me and my brother, having deep conversations about Judaism and spirituality, going on summer walks, and reading.
– Biography written by Hannah Blass
The Gallery at Matticks Farm, Victoria, BC, Feb 27 - Mar 26, 2017
"No Other Country" Vancouver BC, JCC of Greater Vancouver, Nov 24-Dec 12, 2016
Alumna Artist, University of Calgary Alumni event held in Vancouver, BC October 2015
Asbury University, Lexington, Kentucky, February 2007
TOSH Art Gallery, Qualicum Beach B.C., September 2003
Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Featured Artist, Victoria B.C., June 2003
Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Featured Artist, Victoria B.C., July 2002
Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Featured Artist, Victoria B.C., June 2001
Government House, Regina SK, Scott Nicholson Fine Arts, November 2014 - January 2015
Resolution Gallery, Calgary AB, November - December 2010
"Arrivals and Departures," TOSH Gallery, Qualicum Beach B.C., September 2004 (with Merv Brandel, Don Jean-Louis & Jonathan Rout)
Harrison Galleries , Vancouver B.C., Summer 2003
Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Victoria B.C., Christmas 2002
TOSH Gallery, Qualicym Beach B.C., August 2002
Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Victoria B.C., Christmas 2001
Creative Events Gallery, Neuendeich, Germany, May 2001
"Kunst und Mehr," Creative Events Gallery, Neuendeich, Germany, November 2000
TOSH Gallery, Qualicum Beach B.C., June 2000
Bachelor of Arts in Art History, University of Calgary
Included four years of intensive studio work in drawing and sculpture
Watercolour Instruction, Alberta College of Art