About Us

Juried Artist/Studio:

Sandy Brooks

Business Name:

SBrooks Critters 'n' Kids

Short Description:

Drawing and Painting

Contact Number:

314-965-4975

Email Address:

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About Our Art

Statement:
Artist Sandy Brooks ? Original Wildlife and Nature
Art in Pencil and Pastel
Capturing the Wonder of Wildlife, Celebrating the
Joy of Childhood
Children and animals possess an inner spark that
too often fades for many of us in adulthood. Peering
into their eyes, you see not the harsh, complicated
world reflected back at you, but the essence of
innocence and unlimited possibility that radiates
through.
For those who pause for a moment, to be inspired
by the purity of nature and not by the manic,
relentless drive for prescribed perfection, the world
can be a mystical place full of excitement and
endless opportunities. On those days we can?t
escape the concrete and chaos that surrounds us, I
hope my art gives people a reprise from the
commotion of life, if even for a few minutes.
Growing up, I had a passion for drawing, teaching
myself to sketch the flowers and animals that stirred
my soul in nature. But my dream of becoming a
professional artist ultimately had to be shelved in
favor of the grown-up solution of earning a stable
living. Yet, this pause opened the door to what one
day would be my professional muse and my avenue
for inspiring my audience.
As a pediatric physical therapist, I worked with
incredible, inspiring children on a daily basis. But
when I incorporated their pets and other animals
into their therapy, their patience and diligence
increased dramatically. Children and animals
connect on a level that rarely accompanies us as we
grow up. It?s inherently selfless, entirely generous
and extraordinarily hopeful. They see no problems,
just possibilities and solutions.
Their contagious exuberance urged me to break free
from the mold society placed me in throughout
early adulthood and reverted back to that moment in
childhood when I immersed myself in nature with
pencils and pastels in hand. The inner light I saw in
my patients and their pets flowed through me onto
my paper. When I finally had to retire from therapy
due to my own disability, this inspired art become
my full-time profession.
Just as I did in therapy, when it comes to my art, I
get face-to-face with each subject, whether child or
animal, to capture not just the picture, but the
relationship and the experience, in order to pull out
the emotion from every movement.

my full-time profession.
Just as I did in therapy, when it comes to my art, I
get face-to-face with each subject, whether child or
animal, to capture not just the picture, but the
relationship and the experience, in order to pull out
the emotion from every movement.
My goal is to be incredibly realistic in my portrayal
of each subject to truly express the joy I felt in his
or her presence. I want my audience to see the
untainted elation in the eyes of a child and the
almost human-like wonder in those of wildlife. To
experience the autonomy and excitement that only
come when one is not pushed back by judgment,
and then to incorporate those feelings into their own
lives, finding freedom in a world that too often
values conformity over independence.
Life doesn?t give us much time to sit back and bask
in the quiet simplicity and incredible hope that
exists below the surface. But when we take a
moment to slow down to be inspired by the
uncorrupt, the end result is exceedingly powerful.
Resume:
Sandra Brooks-Scott EdD PPT PCS
1511 Mason Hill Ct
Town and Country, Mo. 63131
314-965-4975
pedsptedd@prodigy.net
Art Education
I began drawing in my early teens copying pictures
in books and later drawing what I saw in nature. My
original instruction came from the Ernest Watson
series Course in Pencil Sketching. Coming from a
strong science family, formal art training was never
acceptable. I was, however, able to convince the
University of Missouri Physical Therapy program
that an elective class in figure drawing would be an
asset to my science training at the same time
convincing the college art professor that a science
student could achieve in an overcrowded art class.
Upon completion of college, I studied with Albert
Handell in 1978. After focusing on building my
therapy practice, teaching and publishing, I retired
and focused upon obtaining more training in the
arts. In the last 2 years I have worked with Lisa
Ober, Judy Seyfert, Gemma Gylling, Carl Purcell,
Rob Dreyer, with plans to work with Marie Donato
and Lian Zhen.

Membership in Art Associations
Pastel Society Of America juried member
Greater St. Louis Artist Association juried member
Colored Pencil Society of America
Pencil Art Society
American Artist Professional League elected artist
member
Juried Exhibitions
Richeson 75 finalist in the Nature, Wildlife and
Birds exhibit October 2014
Accepted into the 86th Grand National Exhibition
of the American Artist Professional League at the
Salamagundi Club in Manhattan, New York
September 2014
I have a solo exhibition scheduled for May 2015 at
Framations Gallery in St. Charles, Missouri
I have a solo exhibition scheduled for March 2015
at Third Degree Glass Factory
Cheterfield Art and Wine Walk as part of Taste of
St. Louis September 2014
Queeny Park Art Show August 2014
Wildwood Art Festival August 2014
Framations Drawing exhibition July 2014
33April at Old Orchard Gallery, St. Louis Mo. April
18-May 5, 2014
International Pencil Arts Society Exhibition August
Repentgny, Quebec, Canada
Wild Winged Raptor Art Show July 12-August 14,
2014 Parkville, Mo.
Awards
I am just beginning to submit work to competition.
Representation
Missouri Artists on Main Historic St. Charles Mo
Clayton Fine Art Gallery Clayton Mo.
R-Space St. Louis Mo