Art has defined Sandi Sharp's life since she first discovered the joy of creating. As a young girl making cardboard sandals and Escher like floor plans, Sandi's philosophy of energy in art, of the constantly moving and ever evolving nature of life, was paramount as she grew as an artist. Sandi pursued her study of art through formal education, receiving her BFA from the College of Mount St. Joseph and masters classes from the University of Massachusetts.
In her own words, Sandi has been “most interested in movement, motion, energy …or stasis.”This philosophy drives her artwork defining movement and rhythm and how she can capture them within the two dimensions of her easel. “Art is all about observation, connecting and engaging with whatever it is one is creating. It should be honest and always evolving.”
She has been a professional artist for 15 years. “One of the ways I choose to explore and celebrate life is through drawing. For me this happens in the sensation of drawing that then extends to the emotional and soulful qualities that I seek to explore in drawing from life, and specifically, the human figure. It is captivating. There are often ‘ things that cannot be expressed in words, but can be voiced through art—never boring, always challenging and an endless journey of discovery and surprise.”
Sandi has followed art into the classroom as well, teaching classes at the Dayton Art Institute, the Loveland Art Center and the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Students marvel at the ease with which Sandi brings a knowledge of art to the classroom and attest to her willingness to give constructive criticism. Currently, Sandi holds a position where she helps patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s express themselves and experience art. She is willing to help anyone with a desire to express themselves through art.
Sandi has exhibited at Carnegie Art Center in Kentucky, and, Exo Gallery, Manifest Gallery and The Dayton Art Institute in Ohio. She has been published in Artist Magazine, For a Better World; Poems and Drawing on Peace and Justice, and The National Drawing Annual. Her art hangs in private collections in Canada, South Africa and The United States.