I have always had a deep and abiding passion to paint, to create art with depth and life, light and color. A lover of nature, I paint the natural beauty around me both at home in Inverness, Florida and during summers in the North Georgia Mountains. My varied subjects include local mountain landscapes; sunsets and coastal scenes; bright still-life settings; towns and street scenes and portraits of people and animals.
Sandra “Sandy” Copenhaver
After working a few years in oils with traditional brushes, Sandra began using a palette knife and says, “that is when everything changed; then and only then, did I feel true satisfaction with my creations.” Now most of her oil paintings are created with a knife, filling her canvasses with texture and dimension. However, Sandra still enjoys wielding a brush and feels the same sense of freedom when painting with watercolors.
A chance encounter three years ago completely changed Sandra’s focus for her art. A friend invited her to meet her son, a monk visiting from the Bronx Friary where he works with the area’s homeless people. Sandra was so affected by the brief blessing she received from Father Lawrence, she knew then she must help the homeless through her art, and “ART FOR THE HOMELESS” was created.
Sandra’s inspiring “ART FOR THE HOMELESS” project is now in it’s third year. Today she paints oils and watercolors, with profits donated to local shelters and charities to support the homeless. Each year has seen an increase in the amounts raised for her cause and that’s all Sandra asks. In her words, “Give back, pay it forward, however you want to put it, I love painting and it gives my work a real purpose.”
The Georgia Mountain Laurel Magazine featured Sandra in their February 2013 issue as “Artist of the Month” representing the North Georgia Arts Guild. Sandra has also been named as feature artist at the Floral City Library in February, 2014. She is currently a member of the Art Center of Citrus County where her painting “Stand of Birches” won first place in the oil and acrylic category currently on display through January 7, 2014. Her paintings can be seen locally at the Florida Artists Gallery in Floral City, Florida and in the gallery of the Art Center of Citrus County in Hernando, Florida. As a member of the North Georgia arts guild, she also displays paintings in the mountains at the Blue Eyed Buffalo Gallery and the Mountain Crafts Coop in Clayton, Georgia and the Lakemont Gallery in Lakemont, Georgia. You can see the full body of Sandra’s work at www.sandracopenhaver.com and www.sandracopenhaverart.shutterfly.com. Sandra may be contacted at 352-586-3774 and through her email at JASC1397@AOL.COM with the reference “ART FOR THE HOMELESS”.