Surrounded by mountains, lakes and streams in her Wyoming and Ontario Lake Country studios, Sandy Scott is an avid outdoors woman, licensed pilot, and lives the life she depicts. Sandy Scott received her formal art training at the Kansas City Art Institute and later worked as an animation background artist for the motion picture industry. She turned her attention to etchings and printmaking in the 1970s and to sculpture in the 1980s. Born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1943 and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she is now headquartered in Lander, Wyoming near the foundry that casts her bronzes, and she maintains a studio on Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada. In Canada her friends Dave and Michelle Beaushane who own Nestor Falls Fly-In Outposts frequently fly her and Trish (her longtime friend who manages the business end of things) to remote lakes and portages north of Kenora, Ontario. She has made 16 trips to Alaska and has been to Europe, Russia, China and South America to visit the worlds great museums. She believes wildlife artists should be in the field to accurately present their subject to the viewer. Her work is authentic.
A lifelong interest in aviation has been invaluable to her work as an artist. A licensed pilot for almost 50 years, she says, I believe my knowledge of aerodynamics has been helpful in achieving the illusion of movement in my bird sculptures. Her knowledge of aerodynamics was particularly evident in Mallard Duet, a sold-out sculpture that won the Ellen P. Speyer Award at the National Academy of Design in New York. This sculpture is in the permanent collection of Brookgreen Gardens and the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
Sandys father raised and bred quarter horses and ranched in northeastern Oklahoma which instilled in her a love and knowledge of horses and animals. She has a beautiful Morgan gelding that she used as a model for her powerful truncated equestrian sculpture entitled Equus Found Fragments which recently won the Award of Excellence at the Society of Animal Artists Exhibition.
Scotts work is in the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming; R.W. Norton Museum, Shreveport, Louisiana; Museum of Arts and Crafts, San Antonio, Texas; Museum of the Horse, Ruidoso, New Mexico; The United States Military Academy, West Point, New York; Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina; Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma; the National Cowboy and Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and the Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, Texas. Her monumental Presidential Eagle was installed at the entrance to the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Her work can be found the world over in many private and public collections including: Bill and Joffa Kerr, Jackson, Wyoming; Bobby Holt, Midland, Texas; Margaret Thatcher, Great Britain; Opryland Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee; Western Art Exhibit, People’s Republic of China; El Paso Zoo, El Paso, Texas; Vickers Oil Corp., Denver, Colorado; Mustang Oil Corp., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; David Robinson Collection, San Antonio Spurs; President and Mrs. George Bush, Houston, Texas; Ritz Carlton Hotel, Aspen, Colorado; Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan; City of Fort Collins, Fort Collins, Colorado; University of Texas, Law School, Houston, Texas; President and Mrs. Gerald Ford, Beaver Creek, Colorado; Grand Canyon Airport, Grand Canyon, Arizona; Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford, Connecticut; Ford Family, Grosse Point Farms, Michigan; City of Avon, Avon, Colorado; City of Cerritos, Cerritos, California; Fred Meijer Collection, Detroit, Michigan; City of Thornton, Thornton, Colorado; Michael and Peggy DuPont, Olympia, Washington; Mrs. Nelson Rockefeller; City of Black Hawk, Black Hawk, Colorado; University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina; Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas.
Sandys work has been featured in such publications as Art of the West, Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, Sporting Classics, Wildlife Art, Prints, Ducks Unlimited, Informart and Grays Sporting Journal.