“I don’t like to think of myself as a traditional ‘floral artist,’” says painter Sandy Jackoboice. “That implies a simply decorative motivation behind the work. I choose flowers because they are complex–strong yet subtle, and possessing a quiet drama.” Indeed, Sandy’s floral paintings are more like portraits, expressing not only form and color but also the unique personality and substance of the subject.
2004 may be a high water mark in Sandy’s artistic career. After nearly ten years (1990-1999) as Art Program Director for the Franciscan Life Process Center in Lowell, Michigan, where she developed an Artist in Residence program, Sandy’s concentrating on her own art–and is attracting a lot of attention both locally and nationally. Her works have become sought after by serious collectors in the upscale Naples, Florida, market. The Pastel Journalfeatured an article, called “Pastel on canvas”, about Sandra and a new pastel technique she developed that does not require framing in glass. In the summer, she became a signature member of the Pastel Society of America.
Like any successful artist, Sandy’s current working style is based on years of self-guided exploration. But Sandy is no self-taught amateur. Her formal artistic training began at Michigan State University and she earned a BA degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since then, she has engaged in various postgraduate programs and studied with well-known American artists.
While florals are a favorite subject, Sandy is also known for figurative, landscape and wildlife works, as well. Her commissioned work (for private collectors or public display) feature a full range of subject matter at the patron’s request.
Sandy spends the winter months painting in the full sun of Naples, on Florida’s Gulf Coast. She also has a home in Grand Rapids, Michigan.