Born and raised in Wisconsin, Sandra received her MFA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and her undergraduate degree in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Before joining the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Department of Art & Design in 1998, Sandra taught for thirteen years at Kendall College of Art & Design; previous to that she held teaching positions at Louisville School of Art in Kentucky and at UW-Fox Valley.
Sandra's love of Nature has always been a source of inspiration for her art and life; in recent years she has been an artist-in-residence at Isle Royale National Park and in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness Area, both in Michigan.
So too the British Isles have long held her fascination; she has traveled there extensively and has had the pleasure of living there for extended periods of time on sabbatical and in summers. In 2003 Sandra taught in UWEC's Wisconsin-in-Scotland study-abroad program at Dalkeith, Scotland. Scottish and Irish Music, Neolithic & Bronze Age Archaeology, and Geology are Sandra's passionate obsessions.
Sandra's work is exhibited nationally and is included in the permanent art collections of Pratt Graphics Center in NY, Haggin Museum in Stockton, CA, Neville Public Art Museum in Green Bay, WI, Steelcase Incorporated in Grand Rapids, MI, Florida Technological University in Orlando, FL, University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN, and University of Wisconsin in Manitowoc WI.