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Sandra at Willagee Community Art Group with others from Activ Arts

Sandra Vantillborg

A little bit about Sandra ….

Sandra is an enthusiastic artist with a love for animals. She also enjoys pamper days but her art classes are the highlight of her week.

When and how Sandra first became interested in art …

Sandra has been interested in art for most of her life and enjoys spending hours just experimenting with colours when she’s painting.

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Sandra with support staff Mal-britt Soberborg at Fremantle P, S & C Activ with the Activ Arts Group

Art mediums Sandra works with …

Sandra enjoys all aspects of art but painting and sculpture are her favourites. Just exploring the colours and textures are pleasing and lots of fun to Sandra.

The inspiration behind Sandra’s art practice …

Life, fun and everything.  Sandra explores painting in various colours, textures and methods with a variety of mediums. Mostly painting with acrylics and exploring her feelings or how the paint and painting makes her feel.

‘Out,’ mixed media, 2014; Sandra’s self-portrait entry in the 2014 As We Are Art Award

Where Sandra creates her artwork …

Sandra has been part of the Activ Arts Group for the past 5 years. She also creatse art at home (Rockybay). Sandra has been a member of the art classes with Activ Arts every week for over 5 years with whom she has exhibited in the Melville Art Awards for the last three years as well as the As We Are Art Awards and the Activ Arts exhibition last year and this year, not forgetting the Activ Arts Space Art Awards earlier this year. Sandra also enjoys creating art at home with her friends.

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Sandra at Fremantle P, S & C Activ Arts Group

The best thing Sandra loves about being an Artist …

The comfort and freedom to explore and zone out to everything around her!

Sandra’s advice for aspiring artists …

Have fun and be adventurous!


September 2014

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Many thanks to Sandra Vantillborg and Olivia McLoughlin for providing the information and images for Sandra’s Artist Profile. Images in this article courtesy of Olivia, and used with permission from Sandra.