Making her home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, nestled in the Rocky Mountains, Sandy Graves works on her craft. She is a woman whose life is defined by relationships, exploration, fun, and emotion. As a sculptor, Sandy’s style is marked by these elements.
While studying art at North Texas State University (1987) and Colorado State University (1988-1993) Sandy focused on sculpture. Sandy apprenticed under figurative sculptor Rosie Sandifer and studied under internationally known sculptor Kirsten Kokkin. Through a naive experiment as a student of bronze casting, Sandy developed the stylized work that she is currently becoming known for nationwide. Her work is recognized for the use of negative space, exaggerated forms, implied energy, and emotional content.
For nearly 15 years after college, Sandy did not pursue a career in studio art but involved herself in unique experiences. She taught high school art at a small, innovative, private school, created and guided lengthy international trips for young adults, and served as a search dog trainer and wilderness search and rescue team member. These experiences influenced and developed her understanding of her world as well as her intensity and depth of expression as an artist.
By 2008, Sandy could no longer postpone a full time career in sculpture. With family and roots firmly established in Colorado, she was ready to move completely into life as an artist and turned all of her attention to creating. In recent years Sandy has gained a name for herself in Western art. She is represented in galleries and museums across the United States and Canada and shows in many short-term venues.
Sandy was born in Denver, Colorado in 1968 and was raised in Western Nebraska.