Sandra Lefever holds a BFA in Studio Art with University Honors from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Her primary studies revolved around drawing, performance, and poetry. After her degree, she began a parallel career as a graphic designer in New York. There, she grew her interest in books and printing methods. She has exhibited her work in Florida, New York, and San Francisco.
Sandra’s first introduction to artistic expression was in childhood with her Korean mother. By choice or misunderstanding, her mom chose colors for the color-by-numbers book that didn’t match the numbers. This revelation influenced Sandra’s drawing practice throughout her formative years.
Sandra’s work began as observational studies in Florida. It developed into more conceptual, abstracted content as she moved from Pennsylvania to Helsinki, Finland, to New York. After September 11th, 2001, she moved back to her hometown. She took a five year break from her art practice to be a full-time caregiver for her terminally ill mother and father. Her drawing style and palette then completed the circle back to the style of her youth, reflecting the light and atmosphere of the Gulf region. She works from observation, using line and color to try to convey the magic of the mundane. She has recently focused on landscapes of the national, state and local park systems.
Born and raised in Sarasota, Florida, she still resides in her home town with her husband, Brian, and three crazy girl cats.