I was an only child, and my family moved a lot.  Dogs and the changing landscape were my constant companions; I think this is why I concentrate on animals and landscapes. 

When I was growing up, we made a lot of road trips.  I often accompanied my salesman father to Salome and Wickenburg, Arizona, leaving before dawn and watching dark mountains and sagebrush slowly come to life.  On trips to Salt Lake City we explored the Grand Canyon’s north rim and marveled at the red rocks around Kanab.

Later, my family moved to San Francisco, where I spent hours on the beach.  Next was Washington state.  I rowed a boat after school, hiked around lakes while my father hunted ducks, and spent Saturdays fishing on Puget Sound.

Sandra Offutt Photo

We then moved to Japan and lived near a temple.  I often walked in those sacred grounds; design elements from those years still inform my thinking as I plan compositions.  Further moves were to the American south, then back to Utah, where I spent the bulk of my non-school time riding horses in the desert and skiing at Alta and Park City.  My talented high school art teacher, George Earl Fox, taught me oil painting privately for two years because nobody else signed up for the class!

College in Ohio brought colorful changing seasons, and a winter in Germany provided my first real glimpse of old masters’ paintings.  Next came graduate study in Chicago, Utah, and Missouri.  Later I worked and lived in Greece, Germany, and Washington, D.C.

During my adult years I took evening art classes and drew old buildings in pen and ink.  Later I began to color the drawings, then studied watercolor.  In 2001 I returned to oil painting, and studied with Robert A. Johnson, Diane Ainsworth, Mitch Albala and Larisa Aukon.  What’s next?  I really don’t know, but I feel at home when my perspective changes, so probably it’ll involve new scenery and more studying.