SANDI POLTORAK

BIO

Welcome to my website. I am honored by your interest in my art.

I was born into a military family and we lived all over the world. Moving is in my blood and I still enjoy seeing new areas and experiencing different cultures. I travel as much as possible, and never without my camera. As my technique is far from professional, many of the photographs provide images to work from when I am not working on commissions. The drawing of the sheep was from a picture taken in Tazmania. I saw the Texaco sign while driving through west Tennessee and the Native American drawings are from the Crow Pow-Wow in Montana.

I am a happily retired forensic artist and scientist. After thirty years working for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, I was anxious to start a new life in a new place. So I stored my valuables and moved to beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado which is an artist’s paradise. Looking at the mountains and watching the wildlife are my inspiration and the source of much of my daily enjoyment.

Although I am not professionally trained, I continue to grow artistically with every project. I discover something new with each drawing and I am still experimenting with different types of paper, pencils, and techniques. My goal is to reproduce images so well that one wonders if it is a photograph or a drawing. Although I have tried other mediums, I always come back to graphite and charcoal. I seem to see much the world in degrees of light and shadow, and love the gradation of grays and blacks. Although sometimes scary, I am not afraid to use the darkest pencil in the box (once down on the paper it is often impossible to erase.)

Most of my commission pieces are of family and pets, but I am available to draw other subjects such as homes, landscapes and a still life. Please remember that the degree of detail in the drawing is dependent on the amount of detail in the picture. Photos taken with a cell phone might not enlarge well enough to draw, but send them anyways and we can evaluate the potential.

Please see my price list for more information and feel free to contact me if you have additional questions.

Represented by:

Pine Moon Fine Art Gallery
117 9th Street
Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487
970-879-2787
www.pinemoonfineart.com
info@pinemoonfineart.com

Awards and Shows

  • 2018 “Imagine the West” Juried Show – Inaugural show of the new Steamboat Springs Art Museum
  • 2017 Best of The Bust of Steamboat
  • 2014 Third Place Steamboat Springs All Arts Festival Juried Show
  • 2014 Frontier Days Juried Art show, Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • 2013 Frontier Days Juried Art Show, Cheyenne Wyoming
  • 2009 Best in Class, Wilson County Festival Art Contest
  • 2008 Best in Show, Lily Oncology on Canvas, Mixed Media
  • 2007 Best in Show, Wilson County Art Contest