Sandy’s love of painting began as a youngster when she finished her first paint by number project. Little did she know that her passion would lead to classes and seminars taught by some of the best in the decorative painting industry. This desire for painting continued through her many years as a military wife, mother, and full-time government employee. She somehow found the time to take classes after work hours and participate in as many weekend seminars that she could fit into an already busy life.
When she was asked by someone in her home chapter to think about teaching a project that she brought to a meeting for show and tell, she was stunned. The thought of standing in front of a group of other talented painters was quite scary. However, today, she knows that teaching was one of the best decisions she ever made.
She is an active member of the Nation’s Capital Chapter (NCC), in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and has served two terms as Membership Secretary, Nominating Committee Chair and Seminar Chair. She has also served as Virginia Public Relations Chair. Sandy was awarded her chapter’s highest award, the Founder’s Medallion Award, in January 2005 for outstanding service to her chapter. She has taught at many of her chapter paint-ins as well as chapter get-a-ways.
She is an active member of the Society of Decorative Painters (SDP) and has attended 17 of the last 20 national conventions.
Sandy had an ornament displayed on the Blue Room Christmas Tree at the White House in December 2004. She, along with many other decorative painters, was invited to a reception at the White House on December 1, 2004 which was an experience she shall never forget. The event was hosted by First Lady Laura Bush who graciously greeted each artist and their respective guest and posed for individual photos. In 2008, she was one of six decorative painters who painted drum centerpieces that held topiaries for the East and State Dining Room tables at the 2008 White House Holiday celebrations. An article about this event was featured in the Spring 2009 issue of the Decorative Painter Magazine.
Sandy travel teaches across the U.S. and teaches mostly strokework designs by Maureen McNaughton. Most recently, she was certified by Betty Caithness to teach her landscapes designs.
Sandy currently resides in Dumfries, Virginia, a suburb of the Washington, DC metropolitan area. She has two sons, Rjason and Tye and daughter-in-law, Adrienne, who live, close by. Her stepson Greg and daughter-in-law, Glenece, live a little further away. She has been blessed with five grandchildren: Zachary, Tanisha, Tamia, Emma and Isabell.