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Hi, I'm Sandra

My approach to making art is guided by intuition and intense observation of the subject.  The act of painting releases a stream of consciousness and creative energy that reveals my view of reality.  The tension between visual perception and engaging with the paint itself guides my process.  It straddles the line between realism and abstraction. Painting leaves a record of my experience.  It is my most poignant and genuine means of expression.”

 I enjoy using a palette knife for the immediate bold statement it offers. I started painting as a young child and studied for a while at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago but ultimately decided to be a self-taught artist, My style of painting is abstract impressionism. I work Alla Prima, wet into wet, not reworking a picture that has dried. I started using the palette knife to do color charts, then kept using it for immediate effects and fun texture. The challenge is making the whole painting cohesive enough in a single session, which can be a fun challenge working big!. I paint intuitively, and I enjoy painting landscapes best, scenes all people can relate to at a fundamental level, green fields in Ireland, Paris alleys, and little white barns.

I'm drawn to old structures, falling down barns, fences, and houses. I love the sense of history, fragility, and secrets they exude. Artists I'm inspired by are Edward Seago, Kyffin Williams, Nicolai Fechin, and Sergei Bogart. These painters have a very particular style and handle of paint manipulation I find fascinating. My color palette has simplified over time. I've experimented with many colors; my basic palette is usually around seven colors plus white. I like creating color harmony, so the focus is on shape, composition, and edges, although colorful paintings have a place in my work. Overall, I intend to show my viewers simplicity in art and create transcendent experiences.

My work has been exhibited at the Brattleboro Museum in Vermont, with the Allied Artists of America in NY, and at the A.R. Mitchell Museum and the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art in Colorado. I'm from Chicago, IL, and currently live in the mountains of Colorado with my incredible husband, two kids, cattle dog, and cat.

"She is an intuitive artist whose instinct is genuine and true. She is able to take in her surrounding, whether they be an alleyway in Europe, a show at a museum, or a poem from her childhood, and transcribe those ideas onto canvas. Emotional and spontaneous, she has a gut reaction to the paint and how it should be used."

-Southwest Art Magazine

 "Sandra Pratt's landscapes rise from the canvas, their surfaces thick enough to be sculptural.  Her quick swipes stand on their own as slices of a tremulous second, living between the sky and tomorrow.  Each painting is the result of a single sitting.  In doing her work that way, Pratt catches the energy of the moment."

-Western Art & Architecture


Mountains, rivers, fog, forest walks, sunsets, sunrises, fog, morning light


palette knife painting, alla prima,Plein air

career highlights

I currently show at 9 select galleries across the country check out my Gallery page for more information


2022 "Solo Show" Abend Gallery, Denver, CO 2021

"Beyond the Surface" Mockingbird Gallery, Bend OR 2021 "

4 Person Show", Rice Polak Gallery 2018

"Solo Show" Smith Klein Gallery, Boulder, CO

2017 "Abundance" Solo Show Selby Fleetwood Gallery, NM

2017 Two Person Show Mockingbird Gallery, Bend OR

2015 Vilona Gallery, Boulder CO

2015 "Snow" Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2014 Group Show Plein Air Austin, Dougherty Center, Austin TX

2014 Solo Show Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2013 "Post Linear" Gallery Shoal Creek, Austin, Texas

2019 Group Show-Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO

2008 "New Expressionism" Merrill Johnson Gallery

2007 "The American River" Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, VT

2005 Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, CO

2005 Allied Artists of America Show, New York, NY 


2016 Best of Show Bold Brush Painting Competition 

3rd Place* Northern Colorado Artist Association Exhibition, Fort Collins, CO2015 Bold Brush Award

Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibitions, Golden CO - Sarah Rutherford Award

2001 Stamford Art Association Award - Stanley & Vivian Reed Marine Art Show, Stamford CT 

2001 National Works on Paper Show, Houston, TX


American Art Collector - May 2015

American Art Collector, May 2013

Santa Fe New Mexican - Pasatiempo, May 2012

Success Stories — Southwest Art Magazine, Jul. 27, 2010*

Then and Now - Southwest Art Magazine, Dec. 2009

Collector's Choice - Southwest Art Magazine, Nov. 2008

Simply Stated - American Art Collector, Aug. 28, 2008

Dramatic Landscapes - Artbook, May 2005

Colorado: Best of the West - Southwest Art, Nov. 2004

Regional Expressions of America - Wildlife Art, May 2004

Colorado-Best of the West - Southwest Art, Apr. 2004

Entering the Zone - Focus Magazine, Aug. 2003

Lyrical Creations - Southwest Art, Apr. 2003

21 Under 31 Emerging Artist Issue - Southwest Art, Sep. 2002


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