Sandra with Ringo before 'Abundance' 78"x 107" oil on linen
Sandra Iafrate works primarily in oil, using intricate compositions and combination of contemporary and classical techniques. Her portrayal of nature, floral and foliage takes on complex compositions alive with colour, which seem to go beyond the boundaries of the canvas. She has recently been awarded International Artists Magazine’s Finalist in their garden and flower competition for her work Lilies on Black which was part of a contemporary series of oil and acrylic oversized botanical paintings on canvas. Her work continuously evolves as new works take on new aspects of her technique discoveries.
"I always try to find a new process but still include traditional oil painting. It is difficult for me to paint the same way twice. There is always something I do that changes and it seems to keep the process fresh and interesting."
Sandra was born in the Niagara Peninsula, Canada, and has lived and trained in Canada, USA and Australia. She graduated Mass Communications at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and studied International Journalism at City University London, England. She has worked in publishing, broadcasting and public relations over the years. Once Sandra left the workforce to raise a family, she began to take formal art classes from award-winning Canadian watercolourist Nancy Hughes in Calgary, Alberta. Sandra has also developed her skill through various ateliers and workshops, learning drawing and oil painting with renowned artists; the late Kevin Taylor at Brighton Arts Society in Melbourne, and Juan Martinez at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto. In 2015, she was selected by Golden Artist Colors Inc. to be a member of their GOLDEN Artist Educator Program and she is now able to teach the complex make-up and use of paints, pigments, mediums and material in a safe studio environment. Her favorite part of being an artist is volunteering in the arts; as a docent for the Art Gallery of Ontario, co-founder of North Toronto Group of Artists, McLean, Virginia Project for the Arts, Art Toronto, and many community and school arts projects and festivals. She has also devised a studio-based art curriculum for grades 10, 11 and 12 in compliance with the Ontario Curriculum which was used in a highly kinesthetic learning environment. She contributes annually to Children’s Aid Foundation Canada, Art for Cancer, and many other charitable organizations.
Sandra pairs her studio time with instructing and offers a one-week painting holiday in Europe every year. Sandra's original and published works are exhibited and sold internationally.