Sandra Hallergard
sandra at hallergard dot com
2005 Sandra, Oil by Norman Long
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Right:   Sandra    
Oil by Norman Long, 2005    
Sandra and her family

After attending the Collegiate Grammar School in Blackpool, I went to Art College for a year and then worked for five years in London and Blackpool. In 1963 I decided to go to Sweden to work for a year. I married there and lived in Brazil, Canada and the USA, travelling with my husband and his job.

However, it was not until 2002 that I returned to live in England, when my Swedish husband and I decided to retire to Lytham, that I could really devote myself to painting full time. I have always painted although lapsed for a while when my daughters were young.

Left:   Sandra and family at a reunion in Wimbledon 2011

Some milestones in my art development:
  • Art School at Blackpool Technical College 1958
  • Lisette Levy's Brazilian Art Study Group, São Paulo, 1980/83
  • Art History at McGill University, Montréal 1986/7
  • Watercolour Painting Camp at Öland, Sweden, summer 2000
  • Painting courses at Higham Hall 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009
  • Abstract Art & Mixed Media course Lancaster University 2008
  • Exhibition at the Lytham Heritage Centre May/June 2008
  • Exhibition at the Garstang Art Centre Sept/Oct 2008
  • Exhibition at the Lytham Heritage Centre Aug/Sept 2011
    together with Harvey Foster & Alan Bealey
  • Exhibition at the Lytham Heritage Centre Oct/Nov 2013
    together with Hugh Ellwood & Ken Roberts
Sandra with Mayor and Mayoress

Right:   Sandra as President of the Lytham St. Annes Art Society inaugurating the Summer Exhibition 2006 with the Mayor and Mayoress of Fylde, Mr and Mrs Harold Butler.

I am a member of the Lytham St Annes Art Society where I run an experimental watercolour workshop and am active on the committee. I have exhibited in Lytham, Blackpool, Milnthorpe, Garstang and Cockerham.

I enjoy working and experimenting in different media, where I try to find the essence of my subject and capture a mood or atmosphere as in "Out of the blue" and "Winter Moon". I also try and experiment with watercolour and see what it can do. I love it when unpredictable things happen - sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t!

"Xanadu" was my interpretation of the first lines of Coleridge’s poem. It is watercolour and ink sprayed onto the surface. I try to work more abstract and "Fragments" is an example of this. It is based on a sketch of the bark of a tree. I have also started to make collages and "Lithosphere" is an example. Using pieces of material: card, paper, stones, sand, all fastened with acrylic medium and painted with acrylic paints. "Autumn Leaves" is a watercolour painted mainly in a negative technique.
Sandra & Danielle at the Lytham Heritage Exhibition July 2008

Above:   Sandra and Danielle at the Lytham
Heritage Centre exhibition in July 2008

My Art Gallery includes a few flower paintings in watercolour and Life drawings which is something I enjoy doing as it demands concentration and skill. Most of these works have been painted during the last couple of years.

Sandra in her Garden

Favourites:

Art
Music
Literature
Bellini
Mozart
Ian McEwan
Redon
Mahler
Shakespeare
Gauguin   Beth
Carvalho
P.D. James
Helene Schjerfbeck
Rod Stewart
Margaret Atwood

I love music of all sorts and I read a lot. I'm also interested in antiques. Since we moved to Lytham I have had the opportunity to create a garden from scratch.
I love flowers, not just to paint them.