Sandy Mills, a Norwalk resident, recently returned from a trip to Ireland and captures the beauty of southern Ireland’s countryside.
An outdoor enthusiast, she’s skied Tuckerman’s Ravine (Mt. Washington), climbed Presidential mountains, hiked Portugal’s Douro Valley, biked the Tuscan coast in Italy, and sailed the Connecticut coast.
“I’m drawn to water, whether it’s the coast or woodland streams. I find inspiration for painting from exploring the outdoors.”
An award winning artist, Sandy has been juried into exhibitions at Lyme Art Association, Silvermine Arts Center, Rowayton Arts Center, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, the New Haven Paint & Clay Club, and has shown work at various other shows.
Her style is impressionistic and spontaneous, sometimes abstract. The design of a painting is key to her as is the subject. She strives to infuse energy/ emotion into her pieces. She paints plein air and from her own photographs using oil on canvas and aluminum.
“I’ll either choose canvas or aluminum when considering a subject. More and more I go for the aluminum. It’s fun to sweep a squeegee or larger brush across the surface, carve shapes and see how the paint leads me to become expressive.”
Besides Ireland and Connecticut, favorite sites for painting are the Maine coast, Hudson River Valley, Portugal and Italy.
Originally from Swarthmore, PA, she graduated from Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA. Her career began in New York City where she was newsletter editor and public relations director in insurance and boating industries. In Connecticut she continued in marketing, retiring in 2013.