Artist Spotlight: Sandy Brooks
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As an artist, Sandy has always felt that children and animals possess an inner spark that too often fades for many of us in adulthood. Peering into their eyes, you see not the harsh, complicated world reflected back at you, but the essence of innocence and unlimited possibility that radiates through.
Growing up, Sandy had a passion for drawing, teaching herself to sketch the flowers and animals that stirred her soul in nature. As a pediatric physical therapist, she worked with incredible, inspiring children on a daily basis. But when she incorporated their pets and other animals into their therapy, their patience and diligence increased dramatically.
Their contagious exuberance urged her to break free from the mold society placed her in and reverted back to that moment in childhood when she immersed herself in nature with pencils and pastels in hand. The inner light she saw in her patients and their pets flowed through her onto her paper. When she finally had to retire from therapy due to her own disability, this inspired art to become her full time profession.
Just as she did in therapy, when it comes to her art, Sandy gets face-to-face with each subject, whether child or animal, to capture not just the picture, but the relationship and the experience, in order to pull out the emotion from every movement.
Her goal is to be incredibly realistic in her portrayal of each subject to truly express the joy she felt in his or her presence.
Sandy feels that life doesn’t give us much time to sit back and bask in the quiet simplicity and incredible hope that exists below the surface. But when we take a moment to slow down to be inspired by the uncorrupt, the end result is exceedingly powerful.