As a child, born in Denver, Colorado, and growing up in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Sandy Graves first displayed her work at the county fairs as a 4-H member. As she continued her education, mostly at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, Sandy worked in many different mediums. Sculpture was always a favorite and came naturally to her.
Sandy Graves sees bronze sculpture as being a friendly and beautiful medium. She enjoys watching the public interact with art. In sculpture, viewers can walk around it, touch it, and become part of the artistic expression in a very personal way.
After graduating from CSU in 1993 with a degree in fine arts and a concentration in Sculpture, Sandy began work as a high school Art teacher in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and continued in that field for 16 years while she also did her own work mostly for herself.
Sandy chose art education as an occupation because she loves interacting with people and has focused on the figure as my sculptural subject for the same reason. The figure is special because people react to it in such an instantaneous and personal way.
She hopes to remind viewers of special moments and memories of our human experience. Recently, Sandy has been working in the abstract with horses being the subject. It is a familiar subject for her as she owned and rode horses as a young girl. They have always been in her art.
In 1999 Sandy cast and sold her first Bronze. Since then she has continued to work in the medium realistically and abstractly. Sandy has been awarded and has completed three significant commissions.
The first was a portrait of the founder of the Lowell Whiteman School. The second was a life-size student for The Scottsbluff Public School foundation in Scottsbluff NE. The third and largest is her most current piece, created for the Steamboat Springs Chamber of Commerce, which has been installed on the Courthouse lawn, downtown Steamboat Springs.
Sandy Graves enjoys the interaction with the individuals commissioning the work as they communicate to plan and build the visual and tactile form that expresses their individual sentiments.