Originally from Idaho, Sandy began receiving awards in national art competitions as early as elementary school. She had the privilege of private tutoring under the late Louis Peck, then continued her education at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art.
Leaving San Francisco, she moved to the Fresno area where she worked as an advertising executive, writer, and illustrator, eventually owning an advertising and public relations agency for 20 years.
“Unless I am doing commission work, I only create for myself. I create from that fire within my soul, of things and places that I absolutely love.
Art is my true spiritual journey. I begin my creative process by picking up a pastel and feeling the texture in my hand as I put it to the sanded paper, or picking up a paintbrush with oil paints and walnut oil on it, as I lay down my first layer on my canvas. If I am painting Plein Air I close my eyes and take in the sounds and smells of nature.. Each piece I create evokes an emotional response, a sense of space and time that tells a story. Let me take you on that journey.”
A life-long journey began in childhood for Tillison with her first camera. Photography classes, workshops and studies in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with nationally-known professional photographers have added to her skills. One of her photos was featured on National Geographic’s website in 2017. Another was featured in Shadow and Light Magazine this month.
Combining her love of adventure and photography has taken her all over the world photographing breathtaking scenery, the people, and the wildlife on all seven continents and places in-between.
About Timberline Art Gallery
Located just 15 miles south of Yosemite National Park, Timberline Art Gallery is an artists’ cooperative (the only one in the area!).
Each Artist spends one day a month in the gallery to talk with visitors and answer any questions about the art in the gallery.
The gallery is open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. -5 p.m.