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About the artist

Welcome to Sandra Reed’s SCAD Presidential Fellowship site.

Reed was drawn into life as an artist through portraiture. As one of eight children, she often drew siblings and other family members. Self-portraits were the primary subject of her youthful portfolio, and her graduate thesis at the George Washington University focused on double-figure compositions.

Reed lived in Washington, D.C. for five years before moving to Savannah. In the nation’s capitol, she had ready access to extraordinary historical works of art on a regular basis, including the National Portrait Gallery. She completed a portrait commission of John F. Kennedy that is on display in the United States Navy Memorial Presidents’ Room.

In 1993, Reed traveled from Savannah to Amsterdam; upon return, she experienced a heightened sensitivity to the color of Savannah’s southern latitude. Consequently, she shifted from figuration to plein air urban landscape, which has been her primary subject for the past fifteen years (see Reed discovered many similarities between painting the model (human likeness) and painting en plein air (human environment).

Reed has prior experience with pendant portraits, most notably Mr. and Mrs. Cohen, from Savannah, GA (on the occasion of their 50th anniversary), Cletus and Audrey Reed (on the occasion of their 40th annivesary), and Tyler and Kelsen Wallace (brother and sister).


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  1. Tony and I are very excited to be part of Sandra Reed’s pendant portraits project! It will be a great experience to learn more about pendants, the portrait process and just spend time with Sandra.
    Margy and Tony Rich

    Comment by Margy Rich — July 8, 2009 @ 12:21 am

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