Sandra Bierman finds that the mountains surrounding her Boulder,
Colorado, home, the colors of the land, the way the light plays on
different shapes, and the feelings the West invokes in her all have an
important impact on her figurative paintings. "Most of my works have a
western influence. Sometimes, it is not on the surface, but is felt.
When I look at my work, I see (or feel) the nature, the light, and the
freedom of the West . . . the uncluttered simplicity and beauty I feel
living here. I think of how the flat grasslands looming east of the
Rocky Mountains must have been years ago, before the tracts of houses
replaced the pasture lands, and I try to capture what I feel."
worked for several years in the corporate world before being able to
turn to art full-time. She found moving to Colorado had an inspirational
effect. "It wasn't until I settled in Colorado and felt the serenity and
peace of the mountains, the expanses of landscape, and the wonderful
light that I was able to get in touch with my inner self and return to
my art. It was here that my art began to bloom. The West made my art
able to happen."
The Rain Barrel, 1995,
oil on canvas,
40 x 30".
from ARTnews, Spring 1996