Sandra D. (Holmes) Smith Armstrong, was born in Creston, British Columbia. A versatile artist, she enjoys working with many mediums including watercolor, oils, pen and ink, pencil, charcoal and acrylics. Coming from a family of artists she was encouraged from an early age to develop her talents and an appreciation for art. She was awarded her first scholarships to study art at the Edmonton Art Gallery and has continued to take many courses and workshops throughout the years that have followed.
While raising her two children, Derek and Leya, she was involved with designing brochures for the Japanese Trade Fair, doing covers and illustrations for the Alberta Government, illustrating a number of books, designing logos, advertisments and publishing Sherwood Park's first Telephone Book as well as working in a number of interesting fields outside the home.
With four years of photography courses she has won many awards and recognition for her photography. She had her work chosen to be the theme photograph for 'Inuksuk' Enduring Canada (Canada Greets the Millenium). An International Exhibition featuring six Canadian Photographers that opened in Mexico City during 2000. The exhibition toured the Latin American countries and the Caribbean. In 2004 she was invited to a Photography Seminar held in Washington D.C. and had one of her photographs published in a book entitled 'Journey Into the Imagination' . Many of her photos can be found in both local and international publications.
The 90's brought a renewed interest in her art. After a motorcycle accident in 1992 she returned to her painting and photography full time. She was invited to show her work in Europe and in one of the first privately owned Galleries in Moscow, Russia. Upon her return to Canada she opened her own gallery here in Edmonton - Eagle One Gallery. There she incorporated the ideas she had collected during her travels to make the gallery a truly unique showcase for local Artists.
After the loss of her husband in 1997 she closed her gallery and retired. Following her dreams, she is now devoting her time to painting, sculpting, photography, digital imagery, graphic art and teaching. HAVING FUN WITH ART - travelling classes, workshops and a book she has written on the Basics of Art. As a Past President of the Art Society of Strathcona County, an art teacher with the Campbelltown Fine Arts Society, her past classes with C.H.E.E.R. (Christian Home Education Enrichment Resources) Program here in Edmonton, arranging small art shows and exploring other related areas - she keeps up with the Edmonton and area art scene. Sandee shows her work in many local venues. She will miss the Edmonton Art Walk on Whyte Avenue this year but will be down to visit and see what and who is new on the Edmonton Art Scene.
Sandee's work can be found across Canada, the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Russia and Cyprus in both private and public collections.
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