Garvin- Grace, Oil, 30 x 30 inches

Sandy Garvin

A native of Old Lyme, Connecticut, Sandy is surrounded by the history of one of the oldest Impressionist Art Colonies in America. The same marshes, rivers, and woodlands  that inspired the earlier painters also move Sandy to want to capture their beauty and light. Color and mood inspire most of Sandy’s atmospheric early evening landscapes. Rather than a detailed narrative, she strives to create a simpler response to the moment like a fleeting memory.

The hope is to evoke a sense of calm and reflection. Using a limited value scale for nocturne paintings lends a bit of mystery and invites the viewer to relate in his or her own way. Twinkling lights on distant Long Island from the approaching ferry or a long day’s sail could be the beginning or ending of many memorable summer evenings on Long Island Sound. Sky and water just seem to demand a certain reverence during the diminishing moments of daylight when one can pause and forget about the distractions of the day.

Born in 1950, Sandy’s first “formal” step into the art world was at age 12, when she  learned drawing and painting from local artist Bill Steeves. Subsequent study at the Lyme Academy of Fine Art in Old Lyme, CT, the Scottsdale Artist’s School in Arizona,  and numerous workshops around the country with artists Charles Sovek, Greg Kreutz,  Joan Potter and Sherrie McGraw further honed her technical skills.

Sandy’s work can be found in numerous private as well as corporate collections including the Smilow Oncology Center at Yale, ABC News, The Florence Griswold Museum, Governor Lowell Weicker, World Bank in the Philippines and numerous patrons in Japan, England and New Zealand.

She has been an Elected Artist Member at Lyme Art Association for 20 years and  has participated in many New England exhibitions such as the Florence Griswold Museum,  New Britain Museum of Art, Cooley Gallery and Susan Powell Fine Art in Madison.  She is an Elected Artist Member of the Lyme Art Association where she served as co-Artistic Director for the past year following many years of exhibition coordination.