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Sandra J QuintusArtist Bio:

Sandra Quintus is an artist who is enthusiastic capable and creative.

She was the child that was always drawing.  Her talent was recognized early on, as she won Grand Prize in the Iowa State Fire Prevention Poster contest at age 11.  Her illustrations were nationally published while still in high school.  She went on to study art at the University of Iowa, ranking in the top three of her class with drawing instructor Carl Fracassini, from whom she learned perspective drawing and alla prima drawing (or life drawing).

She painted her first fine art mural at age 20 and worked under Disney artist, Chuck Mills at Mach III, INC.  There she was soon appointed as art director.

After starting her family, she worked as a free-lance artist and illustrator, in order to be a stay-at-home Mom.  As her children reached adulthood she began to rekindle her career and spent more than 5 years working as a high end, stone and ceramic tile installer, often combining her artistic skill with her trade.  She became known for coordinating whole room looks with tile, paint, and plaster.

In 2001 Sandra was given an opportunity to apprentice with an artisan from Des Moines trained at the Van der Kellen School of Decorative Arts in Belgium.  This led to working on projects throughout the state of Iowa.  During the next few years she became accomplished at the Old World techniques of wood-graining, marbleizing, and designer wall finishes.  In her constant quest for excellence she studied with Daniel Greene at the New York Art Students League and William Scott Jennings at the Scottsdale Art Institute.

In 2004, and again in 2006, she was invited to compete in Las Vegas at The Faucademy of Distinctive Finishes and in both instances won top awards from international judges.

Trained by masters and honed by hard work and experience, her finishes are tasteful, polished, and uniquely her own.  Her mural work and fine art set her apart from other faux finishers. But it is her honesty and integrity that continue to be her most valued attributes.

A sampling of her work can be viewed at www.sandraquintus.com.


Organizations:                                                    Instructors of Note:

Oil Painter’s of America                                              Carl Fracassini-U of IA

American Academy of Women Artists                          William Scott Jennings-Scottsdale Art Institute

Portrait Society of America                                         Daniel E Greene-New York Art Students League

International Decorative Artisans League                      Kelly S. King-KSKacademy-Omaha, NE


Recent Exhibits:

2009 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibit-Course Gallery, Jacksonville, FL

2009 Paint America Top 100 National Exhibit

2008 Area Annual Show/McNider Art Museum-Honorable Mention Award

2007 Oil Painter’s of America Central Regional Juried Exhibition

 

Awards:

2009 Top 100 Paint America Honor-“Old World Grape Vine”

2006 Fauxcademy of Decorative Finishes 1st Place Trophy Award:

Best Mural

Best Commercial Interior Decorative Finishing Project

2004 Fauxcademy of Decorative Finishes Platinum Award Certificate:

Best Overall Residential Project

2004 Fauxcademy of Decorative Finishes Gold Award Certificates:

Best Mural

Best Trompe Loeil

Best Overall Commercial Project


What Other Artist’s Have to Say About Sandra's Work:


"Very fine work. If you can paint (in these conditions) you can paint anywhere."
Daniel E. Greene-OPA Master/Pastel Society Laureate/and many other accolades too numerous to mention.

“Now that is painting, stirs emotions. It doesn’t just fool the eyes. It fools the senses.”
Teresa Stanley-Professional Decorative Artist-New Orleans

“Sandra, your work always lifts me, you paint so beautifully and I love the way you handle figures and skin, you get skin...just so beautifully. Award well earned.”
Cait Whitson-Carte Blanche Decorative Art Company-Perthshire, Scotland

“Beautiful figurative work!”
Michel Nadaï, award winning Master Artisan Decorative Painter and instructor, Southwest of France.  Founder and owner of the renowned Nadaï-Verdon Advanced School of Decorative Painting.  Established in 1992 training students in the fine tradition of French Painted Decor.

“The way in which you handle the paint is so delicate and sensitive (without ever being fussy or precious). Your coffee dreamer is beautiful! The figure has such believable weight to her. You can sense the pressure of her hand on the column. Great understanding of the human form. The combination of classical/allegorical setting and contemporary clothing is a very nice one! Really, really lovely!!!”
Lisa Lazar
Theatrical Scenic Artist/Berkeley, CA, USA

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