OPENING NIGHT I FRIDAY the 22nd of SEPTEMBER, 6pm till 8pm
SHOWING DATES I Thursday the 21st of September till Wednesday the 4th of October
Sandy Lee is a talented artist based in the Hunter. She is self-taught and works with many different mediums. Illustration was her passion growing up as a young girl and she used to love watching her Father sketch.
Sandy's Nan was also a self-taught artist and she did realism textured landscape paintings and is an Indigenous woman with a hidden culture. She had told Sandy at a young age that she should "find the work within." True to this advice, over time Sandy developed a special painting practice as well as developing her skills with sketching. Having worked as an energy healer Sandy's ability to visualize energy and colour transcendent. Sandy candidly describes the way she can see human auras as colours. In her mind's eye she can visualize a sweeping birds eye view of her country, and bright flickers of light as waves roll in the ocean. The paintings have always been a passion of hers as well as her sketches.
Her paintings have a deep connection to heritage, country, culture and spirituality. And whose work is now being exhibited internationally. Sandy's paintings are embodied with the same healing energy that flows from her hands during Reiki sessions. Her viewers frequently report feeling spiritually connected and energized by her work. Moving from using her hands for Reiki healing to using them to distribute paint on a canvas was a natural progression. Ever since the start she has mostly always painted with her hands and using layers and texture, never knowing what would emerge. Sandy made huge progress from discovering new ways to move and also manipulate paint while using different tools and heat.
With her spirals, always adding her Reiki practice to the paintings and they have been referred to as energetic healing portals. In challenging emotional times Sandy paints her spirals on how she feels deep within. From growing up on the lake, she has always been a lover of nature's beauty. Collecting broken sea shells, capturing sunsets and taking in nature's essence.
"I think of my art as an artistic creation of a spiritual perspective, to reflect the heavenly beauty of nature, and whenever I see the ocean or look at space during meditation it helps me to create how I see life."
This is where the name Celestial has great significance in her artwork, capturing the heavenly and ethereal experience of the Universe. Sandy Lee's art shows the true energy of nature where we need to stop and reflect at its tranquility.