Maryland Pastel Society newsletter

FEATURED ARTIST

Kay Sandler

Kay Sandler

Twilight Poppies #3, Acrylic

     
Kay Sandler, grew up in Michigan.  As a child, Kay did lots of drawing, and enjoyed watching her father draw, but did not pursue art.  Kay went to law school in Michigan, and practiced for 5 years in Texas before relocating to Maryland, where her husband grew up.  Kay and her husband, both lawyers, started Lawyers Advantage Title Group, which grew at one point to 12 offices in 3 states.  Ten years ago, feeling burned out, Kay decided to take Wednesdays off.  She found a Wednesday watercolor class offered by local artist Joan Bevelaqua, and enrolled.  That class launched Kay into a whole new world.  After taking a few watercolor classes, Kay took a drawing class at Howard Community College, and then took a year off from practicing law in 2002 to attend Maryland Institute, College of Art full time.  During that year, in a class called "Seeing More Color", Kay started working in pastel.  The class was taught by MICA Professor Phyllis Plattner, who later became a mentor for Kay.   Kay is a prolific painter, painting every day.  She has taken many workshops in both pastel and watercolor.  Favorite instructors have included Judy Morris and Sue Archer in Watercolor, and Doug Dawson and Albert Handell in Pastel.  Beginning in 2004, Kay began entering work in juried shows.  Since that time, her work has been accepted into hundreds of national and international shows.  Kay's work has won many awards.  
     
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Front Yard Day Lily, pastel (award winner)
     
Since the time that Kay began painting, she has had a focused interest in botanical and floral subjects.  Kay's art draws viewers close up so that they might share in her sense of awe and wonder of the natural world around us.  Since discovering pastel, Kay has alternated between mediums, using pastel, watercolor and recently acrylic as well.  Kay has also found strength in working in a series.  Favorite series have included water gardens, koi fish, gladiolas, roses, hibiscus, and currently poppies.  Favorite venues for inspiration include Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, any poppy garden she can find, and South Florida, where Kay has a vacation home.    Kay is a signature member of the MPS.  She is also a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, and a Purple Sage Brush Signature Member of the Texas Watercolor Society.  Kay is also a member of the Gold Coast Watercolor Society in Ft. Lauderdale, where she takes workshops with that group every winter while in Florida.  

Everglades Afternoon, pastel
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In May, Kay's "Poppy Play" took first prize at the BWS annual Mid-Atlantic Juried Exhibition at Strathmore Hall in Bethesda.  Kay's pastels have won awards the past two years at the Northeast National Pastel show in Old Forge, New York.  Kay has had 3 pastels juried into the annual PSA show in NYC over the past few years, taking one award.  Kay's pastels have made it into the annual Pastel Journal Top 100 contest twice, and have been featured on Maryland Public Television twice.  
     
       
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          Poppy Line Dance #3, acrylic