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Sandy Askey-Adams -- Biography

Sandy Askey-Adams, PSA

Sandy Askey-Adams

"A painting is a reflection of the artist's soul speaking to the viewer's soul." -- Sandy Askey-Adams, PSA

ARTIST STATEMENT

"Every painting is an experience of life, part of the journey and I love that journey. Just gazing at a tree with its twists and turns is exciting. Nature is ever-changing with an inexhaustable source of inspiration. When I look at our natural surroundings, the landscape, the ocean and sands of the beach, the blades of grass, the rippling water, the serene greens of summer, the sweet blossoms of spring and even the blue and purplish grays of winter, there is no question of what inspires me. All of that has a powerful effect and influence upon what I paint awakening a passion from within my soul.

So, yesterday, today and always while on my journey through life, with a whispered prayer of gratitude to God, I aspire to capture that spirit, serenity and beauty of nature in the hope that your spirit will experience a tranquil uplifting if even for a few moments in time. I invite you to join me on that journey."

MEET THE ARTIST

Sany at Work

Passionate about painting and especially passionate about the pastel medium, I love the dramatic contrast, the rich layers of colours and the vibrant visual luminescence that can be achieved with pastels.

As a little girl, my passion was and still is drawing and painting. The nuns told me it was a special gift from God. That gift was to be given back to Him by doing my best and sharing it with others. My inspiration comes from the pure timeless ever-glorious beauty of nature. The awe and loss of words when seeing the beauty that God created for us is humbling and can bring me to tears. When my work stirs an emotional response in yoursoul and our souls reach out and touch, than I know that I have accomplished one of the things that God intended me to do. That would be my gift to you coming from God's gift to me, for which I am thankful.

BIO/RESUME

Signature Member of thePastel Society of America
Signature Member of the Maryland Pastel Society
Juried Associate Member of LAI- Landscape Artists International

PUBLICATIONS

"100 Artists of the Mid-Atlantic" book, author E. Ashley Rooney, Schiffer Publications - 2011
"Best of Worldwide Landscape Artists" book, Kennedy Publications, NY -2011
" Best of America, Pastel Artists, Vol II" book, Kennedy Publications, NY- 2009
Bucks County Town & Country Living magazine - Featured Artist, Summer of 2008
Surroundings magazine - Featured Artist, Feb/Mar - 2007

MOST RECENT AWARDS and HONORS

Jan., 2011 - Elected Signature Membership in the Pastel Society of America (PSA)
Jan., 2011 -National PaintAmerica Top 100 Art Competition- Three pastel paintings juried and accepted into the Top 100 -- "Serene Moments," "Winter Woods," and "Beach Serenity."
New Hope Art Show, PA - First Place in Fine Art - 2010
First Place, Region 8 of the U.S.- Bronze Medal - National "Paint the Forests" Art Competition - 2010
Lititz Art Show, Pennsylvania - First Place, Best Pastel in Show - 2010
Paint America National, "Paint the Parks" Second Top 100-2010
Paint America NationalTop 100-2009
Mt. Gretna Art Show, Mt. Gretna, PA. - Judges Choice Award -2009
Lansdale Art Show, Lansdale, PA - First Place, Best Pastels in Show-2009
Lititz Art Show, Lititz, PA - Judges Award-2009
Paint America National, "Paint the Parks" Second Top- 2009
Paint America National, "Paint the Parks" Second Top 50 mini-2009
Paint America National Top 100 - 2008
Paint America National, "Paint the Parks" Second Top 2008 - (two award winning paintings)
Paint America National, "Paint the Parks" Second Top 50 Mini -2008 (two award winning paintings)
National Open Juried "Pastel Extravaganza - Pastel Society of Northern Rockies", Loveland, Colorado - Three works accepted into Juried Show - 2008
Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts, - First Place in Drawings/Pastels - 2008
Bel Air Festival For the Arts, Maryland - First Place for Best Pastels in Show - 2008
Paint America National, First Top 100 - 2007
Paint America National, Second Top 100 - 2007 (three award winning paintings)
Paint America National, Second Top 50 Mini - 2007 (two Award winning paintings)
Fall for the Arts Festival, Chestnut Hill, PA - First Place for Drawings/Pastels - 2007
Bel Air Festival for the Arts, Maryland - First Place - Best pastels in Show - 2007
Lansdale Art Show, Lansdale, PA - First Place Award - category of Pastels & Watercolours - 2007
Lititz Art Show, Lititz, PA - First Place - Best Pastel in Show - 2007
Peddlers Village Art Show, New Hope, PA- Hon. Mention in Fine Art Category - 2007
Chestnut Hill Art Show, PA - Best Pastel in Show - 2005
Lansdale Art Show, PA - 2nd Place for Works Under Glass (Pastel) - 2005
Lititz Art Show, PA - First place for Best Pastel in Show - 2004
42nd Ocean City Art Show, NJ - Pastel Award - 2004
Lansdale Art Show, :Lansdale, PA - Third Place Award for Works Under Glass (Pastel) - 2004
Avalon Art Show, NJ - Pastel Award in category works under glass - 2004

MORE BACKGROUND

Native to Pennsylvania, Sandy was born in a small rural town, which fostered her love of nature. From an early age, drawing and painting her interpretations of nature was a natural and essential form of self expression. The interpretation of nature and its moods continue to be the focus of her work today.

Embracing a poetically senstive and gentle style, she strives to communicate a greater sense of love and peace to her viewers with each new work.

Sandy was an art major throughout high school. She received much encouragement from her mentors and teachers in her earlier years and has worked hard she says, by studying every art book possible, taking classes, through trial and error and by way of blood, sweat and tears.

Although experienced in most mediums, favorites are pastels, oils and watercolours. Particularly passionate about pastels, she loves the dramtic contrasts, the rich layers of colours and the vibrant visual luminescence that can be achieved with pastels. She believes that the pastel medium will help achieve what she wishes to capture in the essence of nature.

Accomplishments are varied. This artist's palette of experienceincludes having her work juried and accepted for inclusion in the book, "Best of America - Pastel Artists" - 2009, being accepted into national art shows, doing illustrations for the book titled "Nature Buffs Story" about Allegheny National Forest, also illustrations for the ghost tours of Lambertville, NJ. As the exclusive official artist for Hammersmith Farm in Newport, Rhode Island (which was owned by Jacqueline Kennedy's mother and was the Summer White House during the term of John F. Kennedy) she painted numerous pieces which included the landscape, flower gardens and mansion of the property.

She has also designed theater sets, has painted wall murals for Designer Homes, private homes and for Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Doylestown, PA.

Moreover, she has taught art classes, organized and managed art exhibits.

She was also an invited guest on a television network show where she had the opportunity to exhibit her work and discuss her technique and style of painting. She also is the chairperson for the monthly juried art exhibits held at the Northampton Cultural Library Center, Churchville, PA.

Sandy's Paintings have won numerous awards in pastels, watercolours and oils and have been inhibited in juried invitational and group shows throughout the Mid-Atlantic and New England area. She has also had the privilege of playing piano at some of those exhibits.

Likewise, her paintings are included in private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland and England. Corporate collections include Keebler Corporation, and the Johnson & Johnson Corporation. Many of Sandy's pastel paintings are in the permanent collection of Ronald McDonald House in Delaware.

In addition to working in Fine Arts, Sandy enjoys playing piano, composing music and writing, gardening, hiking, biking,photography, and interior design.

PROFESSIONAL ART AFFILIATIONS

Pastel Society of America -Signature Member www.pastelsocietyofamerica.org
Maryland Pastel Society - Signature Member www.Marylandpastelsociety.com
Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod (PPSCC) www.pastelpainterssoeictyofcapecod.com
LAI - Landscape Artists International www.landscapeartistsinternational.com
Pastel Painters of Maine (PPOM) www.pastelpaintersofMaine.com
Pastel Soceity of New Jersey (PSNJ)
Doylestown Art League, PA www.Doylestownartleague.com
Art Association of Harrisburg, PA www.artassocofhbg.com
Pastel Society of the Northern Rockies www.PSNR.net
Artists of Yardley, PA www.artistsofyardley.org

JURIED COMPETITIONS and INVITATIONAL EXHIBITITONS

Organized and helped run the Autumn Arts International Art Competition on Facebook with two other artists Jean Levert Hood and Nancy Medina from Texas - 2009. Very successful and was written up in "The Pastel Journal" Magazine and "The American Artist" magazine announcing the winners..

2010 - National Juried, "Paint the Parks" Second Top 100
2009 - National Juried "Paint America" Top 100 Tour throughout the U.S.
2008 - National Juried "Paint the Parks" Top 100 Tour throughout the U.S.
2008 - National Juried "Paint the Parks" Second Top 100
2008 - National Open Juried "Pastel Extravaganza" Pastel Society of Northern Rockies, LOveland, Colorado
2007 - National Juried, "Paint America" Top 100 Tour throughout the U.S.
2007 - National Juried, "Paint America" Second Top 100
2007 - Bucks County Gallery of Fine Art, New Hope, PA Featured Artist, month of August
2007- 2009 - Immaculata Art Show, PA
2007 - Hockessin Art Show, Featured Artist
2002 - 2009 - Hockessin Art Show
2005-2006 -Hardcastel Gallery, Centreville, De. - Evening of Art
1999-2009 - Group Showing - Ronald McDonald House of Delaware Art Festival (Played Piano at exhibit)
1999-2004 - Group Show - Palette of Artists Show, Spread Eagle Village, Wayne, PA (Played Piano at exhibit)
1995-2009 - NOVA Juried Art Show, Doylestown, PA
Deep Run Festival of the Arts, Dublin, PA- Featured Artis (Featured artist, 1999)
Rittenhouse Square Juried Fine Arts Annual, Philadelphia, PA (1987 - 2010)
Lansdale Art Show, Lansdale, PA
Harrisburg Art Show, Harrisburg, PA (2009)
Philadelphia Juried Art Show, Philadelphia, PA
Golden Door Art Gallery Group Show Invitational, New Hope, PA
William Ris Art Gallery Centennial Art Show, Camp Hill, PA - (Best in Show Award for a watercolour)
Daylesford Abbey Art Show, Paoli, PA
Yellow Springs Art Show, Chester Springs, PA
Academy of Notre Dame Art Show, Villanova, PA
Spirit of Art Show, Greenville, De.
Avalon Art Show, Avalon, NJ (Pastel award - 2004)
Ocean City FIne Art Annual Show, Ocean City, NJ (Pastel award - 2004)
Manayunk Arts Festival, Philadelphia, PA
Lansdale Art Show, Lansdale, PA (awards in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009)
Lititz Art Show, Lititz, PA (awards in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009)
Chestnut Hill Art Show, Chestnut Hill, PA (awards in 2005, 2007, 2008)
Mt Gretna Art Show, Mt. Gretna, PA (Award in 2009)
New Hope Art Show, New Hope, PA
Brandywine Arts Festival, Wilmington, Delaware
Churchville Nature Center Invitational Art Show, Churchville, PA
Paxton HIll Garden Art Show, New Hope, PA
Up with Art Group Show, Skippack Gallery, PA
Levettown Juried Art Show, Levittown, PA (First Place award- Watercolours )
Lancaster Juried Art Show, Lancaster, Pa ( 2nd Place award- Watercolours)
Mallard Creek Juried Art Show, Richboro, PA (Exhibition Chairperson for show)
Yardley Historical Invitational Art Show, Yardley, Pa
Lambertville House Hotel, Lambertville, NJ (Solo Show of Pen & Ink Ghostly appariations - 13 Ghosts)
Doylestown Art League Juried Art Show, Doylestown, PA (Hon. Mention - Oil Painting)
Newtown Arts Festival, Newtown, PA
Newtown Friends School Juried Art Show, Newtown, PA
Rehoboth Beach Art Show, Rehoboth, De.
Bucks County Council for the Arts, Bucks County Challenge, Doylestown, PA (All three watercolourentries accepted)
Wickford Arts Festival, WIckford, R.I. (1979 - 2010)
Burlington Arts Festival, Burlington, Ma.
Mystic Arts Festival, Mystic, R. I.
Marquette Credit Union, Westerly, R. I. (Solo Exhibition)
Mansfield Annual Arts Festival, Mansfield, PA
Westerly Arts Festival, R.I.
Blackstone Vallery Art Association, Whitinsville, MA (won award every year while living in Massachusetts)
Medford Arts Council Festival by the Mystic, Medford, MA (won award each year)
Artist Guild of Milford, Milford, MA. (Won Awards, charter member and also played piano at art exhibits)
Harrisburg Art Association, Harrisburg, Pa (Played Piano at exhibit)
Framingham Artists Guild, Framingham, MA.
Marriott Hotel, Newtown, MA (Solo Exhibit)
Saint Agnes Church Art Show and Sale, West Chester, PA (Group Show - 1999)
Womans Works Group Show, Devon, PA ( 1997 & 1998)
The Barn Studio Gallery Group Show, Doylestown, PA
Phase II Gallery, Whitinsville, MA (Solo Show)
Gallery Beau Marche, Wellsley, Ma. (Two Woman Art Show)
Schenectady Juried Art Show, Schenectady, NY
William Ris Art Gallery, Stone Harbor, NJ (Three Person Art Exhibit)

A THANK YOU

I wish to thank my husband Rick, who helps me with the outdoor art shows, and so much more....and also,my two daughters, Tammy and Tina, their husbandsand my 5 grandchildren, Suzie, Michael, Stephanie, Jimmy and Nicole for always supporting, having patienceand appreciating my work. I also want to thank myMom and Dad, otherfamily members, and my dear friend Kaywho have stood by me with the art and continually encourage me to pursue my dreams. As my brother Rich wrote to me, "Continue to Reach for the Stars, your artwork shines brightly."

AND, Thank you to all who have appreciated and purchased my workthroughout the many years. It is said the highest form of compliment that can be paid to an artist is when you purchase their art.

Artfully yours,
Sandy

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