Sandi lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with one wise Labrador. She describes herself as deeply engaged in life.....squeezing every moment out of the day.
Sandi strives to capture and communicate a subject's essence across many media, delighting a range of international viewers and leaving a trail of notable artifacts across the globe. Sandi is noted repeatedly for her ability to switch style and media. She often feels the need to communicate her enchantment with a subject across fabric, paint, photo, assemblage, printmaking and words. One leads to another in a linked conceptual and visual array. Howell has mounted her art practice steadily over the decades and has advocated for the engagement of people everywhere in art making. She approaches all work with the credo that art changes lives.
Latest endeavors include an increase in oil painting plus forays into compositing and poetry writing.
I love colour, texture and nature. This motivates me to capture the joy that I experience across a variety of media.
When working in paint or fabric, I like to zero in on the essence of a subject and I often design the work in iconic fashion. I choose watercolour, acrylic or oil depending on the colour and light saturation I want to convey. I mix in fabric or text periodically within a painting.
I like to be highly inventive with my fabric art and to create a piece, which is interactive and invites touching – an act which is frowned upon in more traditional quilt maker displays.
In photography, I love to capture light and texture, utilizing both black & white and macro techniques.
I use assemblage for conceptual expression, finding its multi-dimensionality the ideal way to express complex themes.
Over time, I like to work in a series around a concept. This has lead me towards an interest in mounting Intermedia displays which are theme-based and incorporate numerous media – fabric, paint, photography, assemblage and the written word.