Today, the name Sandy Scott is synonymous with sculpture. But there is much more to this versatile artist than meets the eye. Her experience and expertise spans decades—and abilities. No matter what Scott does, she charges full bore into it and excels at it, leading the kind of life many of us can only dream of.
Born in rural Oklahoma, near Tulsa, Scott knew early on that art was her destiny. The path she took, however, didn’t follow a particularly natural progression. She’s the first to tell you that her journey has been propelled by good fortune, but it’s clear that her tenacity played a large part in whatever she tackled.
Scott’s artistic trajectory began with an accelerated program at Edison High School in Tulsa, where she had the good fortune of finding a mentor in her art teacher, Sue Johnson. A member of the prestigious National Watercolor Society, Johnson developed a keen interest in Scott and took her under her wing, ensuring her student took all the art classes she could and instilling in her a commitment to continual learning.
Bred For the Plowland
“I was born in Iowa, and although my folks moved to Oklahoma when I was 2, I grew up hearing about my father’s young days on the farm and my mother’s trials and travails of being a farm wife, especially during harvest. As a little kid, I visited the old farm often with my family, and I learned that, before the tractor change farming practices, my Dad was considered the best hand with a team of horses in Dubuque County. When I drive through eastern Iowa now, I can envision my father as a young man, walking behind the plow and harrow of his team, Pete and Bud, over the rolling, black earth fields. This sculpture is a tribute to the working farm horse and the men who drove them.”
“The green heron is a chunky, short-legged heron with a dagger-like bill. The bird stands motionlessly by the shore when hunting, and I’ve only seen it afield three times. The bird probably was there in the shadows, but I just didn’t see it. This sculpture was recently created at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina, after several weeks of sketching and photographing in the low country. I used the Brookgreen studio, where I teach a yearly workshop about bid sculpture and comparative anatomy.”