About Sandra Hildreth

Sandra Hildreth paints what is wild. It might be a moss covered glacial erratic deep in a tangled old growth Adirondack forest. Or the expansive view from a ridge top trail in Glacier National Park. These are the places that move her and so they become the subject matter of her paintings. They don't have to be identified as true "wilderness" -- they just need to have some of the qualities of wilderness -- such as, very little evidence of humanity. Places where nature is dominant, not civilization. Sandra can find "wild" places in her backyard woods and only paint what she personally experiences.

Growing up in Wisconsin, Sandra loved being outdoors as a child. When in college, her family moved to Kentucky and she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Western Kentucky University. Sandra taught high school art in northern New York for 31 years, but always painted when she could, and spent time outdoors. When Sandra retired, she moved to Saranac Lake, the heart of the Adirondacks and a thriving arts community, and there she paints full time.

Comfortable with both oils and watercolors, Sandra uses whatever medium seems appropriate for what she wants to paint. Working outdoors, 'en plein air' has become her passion. It gives Sandra a chance to totally experience a specific place through all her senses. She works in her home studio when weather prevents outdoor work.


Sandra's paintings can be found in the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery, 52 Main St, Saranac Lake, NY, (518) 891-2615, at The Point on Upper Saranac Lake, and in local, regional and national juried shows. Sandra also participates in a number of Plein Air Festivals.

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