Five years after her first solo exhibition in her home town of Longreach, Queensland, Sandy McLean was exhibiting in New York City.
There is no stopping Sandy McLean.
"McLean gives us a view unparalleled in its intimacy. Her images are not only observed, but lived-in." Agora Gallery, New York City, USA
For as far back as she can remember, to her childhood home in Longreach, Sandy McLean has always had a pencil in her hand, scribbling something. She truely loved to draw. A pencil in hand was her natural posture.
But it wasn't until she was sent to boarding school for high school that she attend her first art class. It was the first time she realised she had artistic talent.
Her training was short lived. Once she finished school she did not return to art until her own children had grown up and left home.
She and her husband have spent much of their lives working on cattle stations around Queensland. It's this environment and these experiences that inspire her the most.
"I am a portrait painter, but I don't just paint people, I paint anything with eyes. I love to use and experiment with colour, it is an on going challenge for me to achieve beautiful colours & to give my subjects personality. I have learnt not to worry or have too much of a plan, but I let the painting go its own way, it always results in a fresh exciting impressionistic work." - Sandy McLean
Now based in Rockhampton in Queensland Sandy is dedicating herself to art, but not just to painting.
Since her first exhibition in outback Queensland in 2010 she has exhibited around the state and in the U.S.
In 2015 Sandy realised her dream of having a space to exhibit her works and to share her skills by teaching aspiring artists when she opened the Art House in Rockhampton.
"I am passionate about my work and I work very hard to keep improving and learning my craft. I love to pass on my knowledge especially to children and young adults. I am lucky to be able to do this through my Art House in Rockhampton. I am constantly amazed at the unrealised talent that walks through my door." - Sandy McLean
Sandy teamed up with developers to create an app to help people learn how to draw, which can be purchased from Apple's App Store.
But she hasn't stopped there she has just launched a kickstarter campaign to assist her launch a range of cushions and other products printed with her unique paintings.