Sandra Blair is a wildlife artist and nature photographer living in Central Pennsylvania with her husband, one dog and two cats.
Sandra began taking photos as references for her wildlife paintings but it took on a life of its own and became a passion. Sandra has taken thousands of photographs of birds and animals and has traveled to national parks, wildlife refuges, bird rehabilitation centers, and stopped along many roadsides to photograph nature's exquisite details.
Sandra’s photography extends beyond her fascination with wading and water birds to encompass nature in all its glory and she is especially intrigued by the abstract patterns found in trees, rocks, sand, water and all natural subjects.
Sandra's wildlife paintings have appeared in prestigious international juried exhibitions, including Birds in Art, and have won numerous awards. Her art also appears in several publications. She is a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists and a former Signature Member of Artists for Conservation and the International Guild of Realism. She is an Associate member of the American Women Artists.
In our fast-paced world, we often overlook nature and the wild creatures that have adapted to human encroachment and shrinking habitat to live among us. As a wildlife artist, my challenge is to capture a fleeting moment in nature; that split second of wonder when you come into the presence of an animal in its natural environment.
My hope is that the awareness of the beauty revealed through my art and photography will remain with my audience, enticing them to slow down and observe their surroundings with fresh eyes. Until we truly see, we cannot fully understand the devastation that is occurring through loss of habitat and vanishing species. Seeing fosters thinking; thinking fosters action.
In today's profit-driven society, it is up to communities, corporations and individuals to embrace environmentally-sound practices, advocate ongoing protection of our threatened and endangered species and cultivate more wild spaces, whether on large tracts of land or in our own backyards.