Alberta artist Sandy Farr creates original western art, landscapes, commissioned portraits, and bronze art.
Born in England, she immigrated to Canada at the age of seven. She has spent most of her life in the country west of Didsbury, Alberta. Now retired from dairying, you will find her usually in her studio, happily painting away at her easel.
During her childhood she started to paint with anything she could get her hands on, mostly old house paint collected from neighbours. As a teenager she was given an old paint box that was no longer in use from a customer at a grocery store where she worked in exchange for a painting. From that gift, she never looked back.
Sandy has cake decorated and done sugar sculpture for thirty years, winning seven consecutive years at the Calgary Stampede, but decided to expand her horizons by working with clay.
Her bronze “Simple Distractions” won jurors Choice Best New artist 3D in 2003 at the Calgary Stampede. Her submission “Where it all Begins” resulted in acceptance as the Champion Barrel Racing trophy for 2003-2007. Her bronze “Hit it Hot – Not Hard” won the competition for the World Champion Blacksmith Trophy for the Calgary Stampede 2005-2010. Sandy was also given the opportunity to do a commission of an RCMP officer the late Dennis Massey. This life size piece can be found near the entry to the Stampede grandstand. Her latest piece for the Calgary Stampede is the Champion Chuckwagon trophy “And They’re Off” that is still being presented for two more years.
Taking a break from sculpting, she now has gone back to her roots and passion, painting in oils, never dreaming that one day she could actually do what she loves whenever she pleases. Life is Good!