Sandra was born in East Liverpool, Ohio. Her notebooks were embellished with sketches of her classmates, and her textbooks were used as a source of models. At thirteen, Sandra completed her first oil painting - a portrait of Napoleon. Graduating from high school in Southern California, Sandra studied nursing at UCLA for one semester. Unwilling to relinquish her dream of becoming an artist, Sandra moved to New York City and attended the Art Student's League. Soon after her move to New York, Sandra met John Kuck, a New York City Police Detective. John became Sandra's biggest fan and encouraged her to follow her dream. The young newlyweds quickly started a family, John Jr. and Evelyn, and Sandra's children became her greatest inspiration. With boundless determination and energy, she continued to cultivate her talents at home while raising her children.
In 1983, Sandra finally received national recognition when she was honored with her first National Association of Limited Edition Dealers' Plate of the Year, Print of the Year, and Artist of the Year awards. Every year since 1983, NALED has honored Sandra with awards, including an unprecedented eight-time Artist of the Year award. Sandra's awards also include the 1991 International Collectible Artist of the Year, Plate Artist Hall of Fame (Bradford Exchange), and Print Artist Hall of Fame (U.S. Art). See the rest of Sandra's recognitions here.
Sandra's spends much of her time today traveling the world and creating custom portraits. She has traveled to Europe, Asia and elsewhere winning awards along the way. She recently was accepted and attended The Nerdrum School to study with Old Nerdrum in Norway.
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