“Gaze deeply into Sandy Keller's luminous paintings and allow the imagination to take flight.”
Emily Van Cleve (Focus Magazine)
Like many artists, Sandy Keller moved to Santa Fe to pursue her art career. After working as a registered nurse in San Diego for years and creating her art on the side, Keller decided to take the leap. In the year 2000, Keller, moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico so she could achieve her dream of becoming a full-time artist.
Keller’s dedication to her work has been the driving factor of her success in Santa Fe. Her style ranges from impressionist landscapes in oil to acrylic abstracts. The process for her abstractions is very time consuming and she can sometimes be working on up to twenty-one paintings simultaneously. Keller laughed at this and said that no one else creates art like hers because they just aren’t crazy enough!
Keller begins the process with layers of gesso on a horizontal panel. She then applies watered down acrylics, letting them run across the panel to see what forms. Working her way up, she adds colored glazes when she wants to isolate layers. Keller watches and directs the paint as each layer dries, but the end result is not always what she expects.
“Where I think I’m going and where I end up can be totally different,” said Keller, “but I can keep adding layers of glazes and paints until I feel it’s finished.”
Keller’s final pieces have anywhere from thirty to fifty layers of paint or glaze and are finished with a top layer of resin. With so many layers, Keller achieves amazing depth in what turns out to be luminous and vibrant works of art.
Keller often incorporates animals into her abstract work. “When I do an animal, I’m painting the essence of that animal, not the animal itself,” explained Keller, “that’s what my paintings are really about, the essence of things.” Illustrating the serendipity that is unique to Keller’s process.
Keller has been featured in a number of publications including Western Art Collector, Southwest Art Magazine and “Art Journey New Mexico: 104 Painter’s Perspectives”, which is a publication from the editor’s of The Collector’s Guide. She is also proud to have been included in Nancy Reyner’s book “Acrylic Innovation”, published in 2010. A follow-up to “Acrylic Revolution”, this book contains the work of sixty-four acrylic artists worldwide and gives insight into their techniques. Keller is also featured in Reyner’s book “Acrylic Illuminations” published in 2013.
Sandy Keller and James Moore Collaboration Works
Synergy is definitely created in these Sandy Keller and James Moore works of art with the juxtaposition of the deep vibrant colors of Keller's abstract work and the stone and detailed bronze figures of Moore. The collaboration brings new dimensions to both artists's work.
Gallery Representation & Exhibitions:
2015-2016 The Silver Hat Gallery, Tubac, AZ
2014-2016 Waxlander Gallery, Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM
2007-2014 Gallery 822, Santa Fe, NM
2012-2016 Pitzer's Fine Art. Wimberly TX
2012-2013 White Dog Gallery, Carbondale, CO
2012-2016 Texas Treasures Fine Art, Bourne, TX
2011-2016 The West Lives On, Jackson Hole, WY
2011-12-13 Cogswell Gallery, Vail CO
2011 Leonard Galleries, Taos, NM
2010-11 Fairhaven Originals Gallery, Bellingham, WA
2009 The Edge Gallery, invitational show, Santa Fe, NM
2009 Peterson-Cody Gallery, exhibition & book signing, Santa Fe, NM
2008-09 Grimshaw Fine Art, Taos, NM
2006 Waxlander Gallery, Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM
2005 St.John’s College, “The Road Show” invitational, Santa Fe, NM
2005 Crossroads Contemporary Art Gallery, Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM
2005 LewAllen Contemporary Gallery, FOCA juried show, Santa Fe, NM
Associate of Arts Degree, Mesa College, San Diego, CA
Associate of Science Degree, Nursing,
Palomar College, San Marcos, CA
Art studies with numerous highly recognized Southern California and Santa Fe, New Mexico artists
Western Art Collector, May 2011
Acrylic Innovation, Nancy Reyner, 2010
Art Journey, New Mexico, 104 Painters' Perspectives 2010
Western Art Collector, May 2009
Southwest Art, July 2008 Focus Magazine, April/May 2006
American Association of University Women
Fallbrook Art Association - Best of Show
Escondido Art Association - Best of Show
Valley Center Art Association - Best of Show
Southern California Expo - People's Choice Award
Pauma Valley-Best of Show
Fallbrook Art and Cultural Center-2nd Place and honorable mention
Sandy's diverse pieces of artwork are in many private and corporate collections across the Southwest, UK, Canada, and Hawaii