Sandy Blass

Sandy Blass is a local artist in Calgary, AB.Location: Calgary, AB

Growing up in beautiful Calgary, Alberta, Canada, I’ve been making art since I was a child. I really don’t remember a time when I wasn’t creating. My fascination with watercolours started in high school when I was first introduced to the medium. It was love at first sight. That led to an art degree from the University of Calgary and further watercolour instruction at the Alberta College of Art & Design. I have at times tried other media but have always returned to watercolours. I am at a point in my career now that I am sticking with my first love.

Living in Calgary, I was always surrounded by amazing and overwhelming landscape, from the giant Rocky Mountains to the endless flow of the prairies  Having lived on Vancouver Island in years past, I have done a lot of painting of the Canadian west coast as well. There is something about these lands that all speak deeply to my soul and contribute to my expression. The land has always been a spiritual touchstone for me.

Artistically, Canadian painters Lawren Harris and Toni Onley have been big influences on my painting. The power that Harris evokes through stylization of the Canadian landscape had a huge impact on me. And though my own style with watercolours is quite different from Onley’s, the freedom and simplicity in his work has always been great inspiration to me. I am inspired by all of them, and the journey itself, to continue to seek new and deeper ways to express my spiritual reality. This to me is what defines the continuance of my art journey.

I love painting reflections, whether the ocean, a mountain lake, or just a puddle. The water of the medium itself and the subject of water and reflections have always held significant spiritual meaning for me.

I am a full-time artist, though I do still have a part-time job on the side. I’ve been told by many artists in various fields of expression not to quit the day job too quickly! In the meantime, it is a balancing act. My dream is to be able to make a living from my art alone so that I can devote all my time to my first love. The adjustments made to my lifestyle to pursue my artistic goals have been well worth it. There is no looking back.

I am thrilled when someone respects my work enough that they are willing to invest in a painting to adorn their home or office. It is the ultimate connection and affirmation.