Sandy Crabtree holds a B.F.A. in painting from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania and over the years has worked in a variety of media. From the first works of oils shown in Philadelphia to the present works in watercolor she has focused her art on sharing her vision of the world around her. These images strive to impart a sense of responsibility to appreciate and preserve the enormous beauty of the natural world and cherish the peace and solitude it provides.
In addition to her work as an artist she taught art at Morse High School in Bath for twenty-eight years, retiring in 2004. She has conducted watercolor workshops for the Maine Art Education Association members, most recently this September at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle. In the spring of 2006 she taught watercolor in the Mid Coast Arts program with students from Morse and Brunswick High Schools. Working with young people, teachers and community members has been a great source of inspiration and a constant reminder of the importance of nurturing the creative spirit. She is a strong advocate for the visual arts and their place in the educational process and has served as Co-President of the Maine Art Education Association and received the Maine Art Educator of the Year Award in 1995.
Her work is in many private and corporate collections and has appeared on the Pine Tree Society's holiday card. She has shown at the Thomas Jefferson Medical School, Unity College, Thomas College, and has been in group shows at the Maine Art Gallery, USM Art Educators' Exhibit, Deertrees Gallery, Chocolate Church Art Gallery.
Excerpt from the Deertrees Backstage Gallery review ... "The Evening Peony holds up in abstracted intimacy like a mini O'Keefe."