“Emotion, movement, and beautiful composition are the elements which I infuse into each of my sculptures. A sense of whimsy fun is the first impression followed by the power that bronze evokes and the energy of the negative spaces.” -Sandy Graves
Sandy has been casting realistic and abstract sculptures in bronze since 1999. She sees bronze as a friendly medium, enjoying seeing people interact with her art. Whether a sculpted monument, a piece of custom jewelry, or an ornate doorknob, she appreciates that her audience can walk around it, touch it, and become part of her artistic expression in a very personal way.
Sandy’s work appears in galleries across the United States and many of her pieces are displayed prominently in her hometown of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
After graduating from CSU in 1993 with a degree in fine arts and a concentration in Sculpture, Sandy began work as a high school Art teacher in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and continued in that field for 16 years.
She chose art education as an occupation because of her love of interacting with people and focused on the figure sculptural subject for the same reason. The figure is special because people react to it in such an instantaneous and personal way.
Sandy hopes to remind viewers of special moments and memories of our human experience. Recently, she has been working in the abstract with horses being the subject. It is a familiar subject for Sandy as she owned and rode horses as a young girl. They have always been in her art.