Sandra Davison Plein Air Paintings

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Artist's Statement as PDF

Sandra has been painting only since 2002, but her “Jewels in the Landscape" plein air work has featured in more than two dozen exhibitions, and in magazines and books on plein air painting including "Jack Richeson's Fine Art Vol I: Plein Air New Mexico".

Her skilled eye for composition and color was catalyzed by her career in photography. Strong color and expressive marks texture the surface and invite viewer engagement. A sensation of life swarms and buzzes in her paintings. Exhibited at the Chelsea River Gallery, MI; Warm Springs Gallery, VA; and the Mackerel Sky Gallery, MI.

"My work vibrantly celebrates “life force” and is primarily done through pastels "en plein air". Whenever possible, I work at a single location over time. Pieces painted on site are enlivened by the unpainted interactions with curious green herons, complaining other mammals and persistent attempts by creatures to use me as furniture, food, and home.

"I'm part of the life system and they the painting process. Painting en plein air, each color and selected mark is contained in the whole of life at that spot in that moment and the greater whole that humans are a part of unfolds in an ordinary way."

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Working in in pastels en plein air since 2002.

Warm Springs Gallery, Warm Springs, VA
Chelsea River Gallery, Chelsea, Michigan


New Orleans Art Association Award of Merit, Degas Pastel Society 13th Biennial National Exhibiton 10/2010

Invitational Aniversary Exhibiton, Mackerel Sky, Aug/Sept 2010

Member of Pastel Society of America, 08/2010

Featured in Pastel Journal Magazine, May/June 2010

Featured in "Best of World Wide Landscape Painters" Fall 2010

Selected invitee, "Door County Invitational Plein Air Competition, Auction & Exhibition", 07/09

Featured artist "Art As Response", magazine 07/08

Honorable mention, "HHAL National Exhibit", Hilton Head SC 05/08

Featured in "Jack Richeson's Small Works", exhibition book due late 2008

Workshop merit award from Scottsdale Artist's School, 01/08

"Jack Richeson's Artist Choice", exhibition book due late 2008

"Jack Richeson's Fine Art Series Vol. I, Plein Air New Mexico", exhibition book released 11/06

Honorable Mention, "Paint the Hocking Hills Plein Air Competition", Ohio, 09/06

Show History 2009:

“Door County Plein Air Festival” Link Gallery, Fish Creek, WI • Aug-Sept 2009

“Door County Plein Air Festival Exhibit & Auction”, Fish Creek, WI • 07/09

“Long Beach Island Foundation”, Long Beach, NJ • 07/09

“Pastel Painters of Maine National Pastel Exhibition”, Saco, ME • 06/09

“Fine Arts League of Cary National Exhibition”, Cary, NC • 06/09

“International Association of Pastel Societies National Exhibition”, Ventana Gallery, Santa Fe, NM • 06/09

“Emerald Springs National Exhibition”, Springfield, OR • May-June 09

"Jewels in the Landscape: Delicacy of Form, Color & Spirit" Mackerel Sky Gallery, East Lansing, MI • Feb-March 2009

Show History 2008 & Earlier: "Connecticut Pastel Society Renaissance in Pastel 2008", CT • 10/08 ••• "Northeast National Juried Pastel Exhibition", Old Forge, NY • April-May/08 •••"National Juried Exhibition", Hilton Head, SC • 04/08 ••• "National Juried Pastel on Paper Exhibition", Wichita, Kansas • March-April 2008 ••• "Midland Art Association National Exhibition", Midland, Texas • 03/08 ••• "Curated Plein Air Exhibition", Museum of Art, Springfield, OH • 11/07 •••"Wetland Jewels: Plein Air Landscapes", solo exhibition, Lansing MI • May-June 2007 •••"Ohio Plein Air Society: Plein Air Ohio", Lima, OH • 08/06 ••• "Coleoptera: Watercolor Beetles", Banyan Gallery, Lansing, MI • 04/06 ••• "Plein Air New Mexico National Invitational & Juried Show", Santa Fe, NM 12/05 ••• "Beautiful Japanese Maples", First Gentleman's Office, State of Michigan • Oct-Nov 2005 ••• "Pastel Society of Oregon National Juried Show", Roseburg, OR • 09/04 ••• "Lansing Art Gallery Member Juried Show", Lansing, MI • July/August 2005 ••• "Power of Color: Pastels", Trillium Gallery, East Lansing, Michigan • 10/02 ••• "Abstract Power of Pastels", Todd Mack Gallery, Lansing, MI • 10/01 ••• "Plastic Cameras: Launching", Lansing, MI, October 1998 •••

Professional Affiliations: International Association of Pastel Societies ••• The Degas Pastel Society, juried membership

"Jack Richeson's Small Works" 2008
"Jack Richeson's Artist Choice" 2008
Featured Artist "Create Better Paintings" July 08
"Jack Richeson's Fine Art Volume I: Plein Air New Mexico", 2006

•Degas Pastel Society
•International Association of Pastel Societies

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