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Sandra Pratt is an American painter who anchors her artistic vision in landscape, cityscape, and coastal painting. Her impressionist style is infused with boldness, spontaneity, and emotion, her every knife stroke strives to capture reality through the lens of her imagination and personal feelings. It is her unique experiences that enable her to bring seemingly ordinary scenes to life on canvas by employing a plethora of unconventional painting techniques.

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.  Painting leaves a record of my experience.  It is my most poignant and genuine means of expression.

The paintings explore the landscape of the psyche – the place where the conscious and unconscious meet. In her work Sandra addresses the delusions of order and control that human beings cling to as we navigate the fundamental unpredictability of reality and sense our own finiteness in the immensity of time and nature.  The existential and the personal—the exterior and the interior—are intertwined in Sandra’s paintings. 

Throughout all her work there is an appreciation for the fragility of life and at the same time our boundless capacity to feel hope. She sees her work as an opportunity to call attention to our commonalities by sharing deeply personal experiences that are, at the same time, universal experiences. 

Sandra’s painting process reflects the constant push and pull between order and chaos. By using palette knife techniques and scraping to break up the still wet paint, she opens up the possibility of accidental forms and marks. She responds to those results, putting a little of her own order back into the chaos. This process continues over several layers, resulting in images that hover between figuration and abstraction. Her works are in private collections in Europe (Italy, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Ireland, Cyprus, Russia, UK), the Americas (US, Canada, Trinidad) and Australia.

"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


2023 "Setting New Standards" PCA Gallery, Bend OR

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 

2012 1st Place Northern Colorado Artist Association Exhibition, Fort Collins, CO

2015 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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