Main Street Arts Festival
About the Artist
As a child Sandy won poster contests and always impressed the teachers with her inspired responses to assignments. This “aiming to please” made her a great candidate to work in illustration, collaborating with clients and art directors. Majoring in Fine Art at the University of Colorado, she developed her skills and earned a BFA in drawing and painting.
Bouncing around through many jobs in design, educational publishing, self-publishing and advertising, she soon realized that the picture-making part of every project was most interesting and exciting. Arriving in Seattle from California in the mid 80’s she studied illustration at the School of Visual Concepts to build a more commercially focused portfolio, then attracted a rep, and started to freelance as an illustrator.
She’s had the good fortune to work with wonderful designers from agencies representing a variety of businesses and institutions from all over the USA, Canada, and recently, Europe. The spirited colors and expressive line of her style works well in ads, on book jackets, packaging, posters, web pages, illustrated logos, and more! Visit her website at http://sandyhaight.com to see many samples of her illustration work and a blog with news of her teaching, fine art and illustration.
On Sandy’s Fine Art web site, http://sandyhaightfineart.com you can see her more developed watercolor paintings that are increasingly being accepted into juried art shows, and also see how she works uniquely from the figure in watercolor and sumi. She qualified and became a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society in late 2012.
As a bridge between her illustration and fine art work Sandy’s been teaching Watercolor for Illustration at Bellevue College in their graphic design certification program for 5 years. “I teach the basics of watercolor while the students learn the discipline of planning a painting as if working with an art director. Their surprise at achieving successful results after progressing through various steps and challenges is thrilling. It’s fun to try to inspire them as my teachers inspired me throughout my creative explorations.” She’s introducing a new portfolio class called Illustration Communication at Bellevue College where students will work on “real world” assignments as a chance to develop and apply their own personal styles to a project.
Still residing in Seattle, where she raised two artistic children, one an ad agency art buyer, the other a ceramic artist, she’s part of a rich community of artists many of whom are linked on the Lively Links page of her web site. “I put up with the dreary, wet winters here, conducive to indoor work, in order to swim in the beautiful lakes all summer inhaling a view of Mt. Rainier with every breath.”