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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
of her work can be viewed at
Instructors of Note:
Carl Fracassini-U of IA
Academy of Women Artists
William Scott Jennings-Scottsdale Art Institute
Society of America
Daniel E Greene-New York Art Students League
Decorative Artisans League
Kelly S. King-KSKacademy-Omaha, NE
Painters of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibit-Course
Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
America Top 100 National Exhibit
Annual Show/McNider Art Museum-Honorable Mention Award
Painter’s of America Central Regional Juried Exhibition
100 Paint America Honor-“Old World Grape Vine”
Fauxcademy of Decorative Finishes 1st Place Trophy
Commercial Interior Decorative Finishing Project
Fauxcademy of Decorative Finishes Platinum Award Certificate:
Overall Residential Project
Fauxcademy of Decorative Finishes Gold Award Certificates:
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.”
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
Theatrical Scenic Artist/Berkeley, CA, USA