I am a retired teacher and multimedia artist that who has always worked in two dimensional art. I have always enjoyed painting with oils, watercolor, and pastels. Moving close to a college with a strong art department, has given me the opportunity to discover the joys and challenges of clay.
My Ceramic work includes both wheel thrown and hand built pieces. In each, I start with sketching ideas on paper and moving on to the clay with the idea. After manipulation of the clay form, I apply surface decoration, glaze, and then fire. I strive to end with a ceramic work that is what I first envisioned. If that happens, I feel wonderful! But, also, I respect the power of the fire and value the unintended outcomes that may occur in the final process.
Inspiration for my art comes from a variety of sources. History and nature are two areas that I enjoy incorporating into my work.
Sandra Elliott is an Oklahoma Artist from the high plains of the Panhandle. Sandra received her Bachelor of Science degree and a minor in Art from Oklahoma Panhandle State University in 1977. Later, a Masters of Education was obtained from Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
Ms. Elliott taught 26 years in small public schools teaching Art, alongside, Home Economics, American History, Civics, and World Geography. She retired from teaching in 2008. In 2013, Sandra and her husband, Bryan Elliott, moved to their present ranch location northwest of Texhoma, Oklahoma. It was in the spring of 2014, that she re-enrolled in OPSU, to gain additional artistic skills in Ceramics.
The scenes of everyday life on the ranch, inspires Sandra. Not only does she enjoy incorporating the working cowboy into artwork, but also, the wildlife, landscapes and history found in the region.
Ms. Elliott has exhibited her paintings at the Plains Indian and Pioneer Museum at Woodward, Oklahoma, Wolf Creek Heritage Museum, Lipscomb, Texas, and the Metcalf Museum at Durham, Oklahoma. Also, Sandra’s oil painting, “Washita Captives” is on display at the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site Visitor Center near Cheyenne, Oklahoma.
Sandra has had the benefit of studying with Juliette Aristides, Ben Konis, Ramon Kelly, and Albert Handell.