Sandra Brestel was born in California, and she has lived all
of her adult life in Tucson, Arizona. It is here in the southwestern
desert, that she finds a continuing source of inspiration for her
unique style of painting.
Sandra is primarily a self-taught artist. Over the years, her natural
artistic progression has earned her through several mediums and
styles. Her art career has traversed through successes 111 mural
painting, graphic designs, and better known as an award winning
color pencil artist Sandra's style was very labor-intensive- Using
techniques of burnishing and layering of colors, she created highly
photo realistic artwork. These same labor-intensive techniques and
her amazing sense of color and composition, is the foundation of
Sandra's wonderful acrylic paintings today.
Many artists go through phases of development before they find
what there soul is at peace with. Sandra has found this inner artistic
peace in the petroglyphs and pictographs of ancient Native Americans.
These ancient people left the traces of their lives upon earth"
a architecture of rock and these enduring images are a testimony
of their need to communicate. Rock art was not produced as just
an artistic expression but as a part of ritualistic, spiritual,
and social concerns, that were a major part of life. Many petroglyph
symbols and images remain a mystery to us. Thousands of years ago
when ancient artist- shamans pecked, scratched, and painted these
images. They did not leave us an explanation as to their meaning.
It is clear only the artist knew the meaning of certain images.
Today each one of us interprets these sacred images differently
within our own spiritual being.
Each original piece starts with a well-crafted irregular shaped
wood panel. These panels arc the ground on which Sandra performs
her distinctive style of acrylic paintings. With her ability to
blend color, shape, and texture, Sandra creates the illusion of
an actual cave wall or cliff face. Within this illusion of rock
lies a composition of anthropomorphic symbols and shapes. The images
portrayed in Sandra's paintings are based on authentic petroglyphs.
Using her artistic license, Sandra paints these images in her own
composition. This enables her to create freely a hypothetical and
researched theme in each other pieces. The mirage like appearance
of these sacred images is what brings her paintings to life.