Sandra Parker is a self taught artist working with oil on canvas paper and board.
Until June 2011 painting was simply a hobby for Sandra till she was made redundant by North Yorkshire Police. It was this major change in her life which gave her the opportunity she needed to follow her dream of becoming a full time professional artist.
Sandra was born into a farming family and raised on a small mixed farm near Harrogate. She only discovered her artistic talents at the age of 20. On her 21st birthday she was given an easel by her father and proceeded to set up a small studio in a caravan on the farm and from that moment she was hooked.
After setting aside her paints to raise a family Sandra has now rediscovered her love for painting, concentrating on the iconic Swaledale sheep which have proven very popular.
When she exhibited her work in the Old School House gallery in Muker in 2009 she sold most of her work in that first year and continued to sell well over the following 2 years. After her success at the gallery in Muker, Sandra was taken on by a publishing company.
After a few years with a publisher Sandra decided to take a giant leap and become a self-publishing artist and achieved her ultimate dream of opening her own studio/gallery in the Cumbrian market town of Kirkby Stephen.
After a successful couple of years Sandra opened her current gallery in Barnard Castle, Co Durham where she now also lives.
Sandra’s inner affection for sheep comes from her farming background. She is inspired by the varied elements of the Swaledale sheep, from the geometrical curve and swirl of the horns, to the random depth of the fleece and the defiant twinkle in their eyes.
Sandra’s story is a testament to her determination to honour her father’s memory, a true hardened sheep farmer. He was always an avid supporter of her artistic talents until he sadly passed away in 2009 not aware of his daughter’s success.