Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sandy Freckleton Gagon is a great artist who carries on the traditions and canons of classical art practiced from the Renaissance down through the 19th century. Her paintings and drawings demonstrate a technical virtuosity that result in great works of lasting beauty. Sandy’s encyclopedic knowledge of anatomy, color theory and design, facilitate her portrayal of the human condition – in all its complexities – with breathtaking elegance. Adept at all genres, her still life paintings excel at depicting her deep love of objects and how they are affected by light, shadow, and placement; they are metaphoric landscapes of symmetry and solemnity.
“Art, as in life anything is possible as long as there is love.” Marc Chagall
As a contemporary realist, I carry on in the traditions and canons of classical art practiced from the Renaissance through the 19th century. My paintings and drawings reveal my thirst for technical excellence. I am driven by a love and passion for anatomy, color theory, and design, which supports me in my portrayal of the human condition in all its complexities. I am skilled in most genres – figurative and still-life being my favorite.
I am passionate about the Holy Scriptures and am blessed to bare testimony of Christ in paint;
My parents taught me a love for nature through observation during family hikes. As a child, I would look for and collect “treasure” rocks, nests, and seashells. Today, similar objects are often found in my paintings; I use them as symbols for what eventually becomes an “allegorical still-life.” These works depict my deep love of objects and how they are affected by light and shadow and placement.
A consistent narrative in my work relates to women in the scriptures: resilience, overcoming adversity, motherhood, harmony, beauty, classical proportions, and measurement. Through sacred geometry, or classical design, I strive to be sensitive to the natural world, while encouraging viewers to participate in my love of symbolism and visual metaphor.
I believe that great art is a collection of the magnificent yet modest things of the world – like life’s treasures. As with music, great art truly enlivens and strengthens. It creates beauty, truth, balance and harmony, and resonates with any viewer who takes the time to listens with their eyes.
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