THE ART CURATOR'S PROFILE OF SANDRA PLACE:
The pastel paintings by Sandra Place that are featured here at La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa represent the artist in the present moment. She continues to seek new and more beautiful ways to express her artistic vision.
Her deep concern with climate change has led her to focus more specifically in her recent pastel paintings on the beauty, vitality and connection of elements in the natural environment: weather, water, rocks, trees, and endangered species, as they relate to our human presence and our activity on the planet.
Living in New Mexico has shown her new possibilities and expanded her horizons, both physically and spiritually. The study of Eastern thought and Japanese calligraphy has helped Sandra Place to quiet her mind and discover her essence and purpose. Poetry, especially Japanese haiku and American nature poets, and the study of American landscape painting have influenced her ways of seeing and perceiving. This is all reflected in the artist's work.
"The practice of art is a gift to the giver and to the receiver. My desire is to make beautiful paintings and to find an emotional connection with the viewers of my work. Communication brings us together and bonds."
It is not surprising that Sandra Place's quiet, elegant originals are in demand. She is a great American artist.
Sara Eyestone, La Posada's Art Curator
Curator's Office: 505-954-9668
SANDRA PLACE REMEMBERS: "My journey is my artistic and spiritual path through my life. It has followed many twists and turns to arrive at the present. In the artistic sense, it began as a small child; my earliest drawings were of children ice-skating and playing and of horses, having discovered them at summer camp. Throughout my school years my work was uninspired. I lacked a sense of who I was and what was meaningful and important to me, and I was at a loss as to how to express these things. But life has a way of firing creativity if we are open to it."