Sandy Troudt, AFCA
Art from Northern Canada

Sandy Troudt, AFCA

 

BIOGRAPHY                            

Sandy immersed herself in art during and after a satisfying career of teaching and school administration. After retirement she studied with many notable artists and mentors whose expertise helped her find her own path and she strives to help others discover their unique path through personal art journeys. 

She is a long-time resident of Fort St. John.  Her award-winning work reflects her efforts to convey the essence of nature's fleeting moments through her impressionistic acrylic paintings and the fine art of printmaking.  The challenge oexperimentation with technique and medium stains her delight in various creative processes.  Through constant exploration and renewal, she has created an eclectic body of work.

Her priority is to develop an impression of the essence and liveliness of subjects that capture her interests with an emphasis on contrast, colour relationships and the magic of light.  The natural beauty of her surroundings inspires much of Sandy’s work. She is fascinated by the contrast between forested and cultivated land at the edge of the wilderness. Vibrant, wide-open landscapes capture her attention as well as the small, intimate details that blaze brightly in hidden places.  Trees frequently become the main ‘characters’ in her landscapes as they draw her eye to the spirit and beauty found in untamed settings.  She has recently been enjoying the creation of abstract works and believes that the exploration of the unknown for both an artist and her audience is what makes an alluring work of art.  Sandy is known for creating an eclectic body of work.

Sandy paints on a black or vividly coloured toned canvas.  “From the first stroke of my brush, this approach provides maximum contrast for values, highlights, shapes, edges and colour”. Layers of transparent paint and translucent glazes and veils as well as a variety of textural effects, are used to create some of her images. “Transparent layers of paint draw the viewer into the painting and the textures create an enticing tactile quality.”

Printmaking is also a part of Sandy's studio practice. The constant exchange of ideas and visual vocabulary between painting and printmaking has a wonderful synergy; the two media continually enhance the elements of each process.   Unbound, she likes to take her work in multiple directions and continues the dance between painting and printmaking as curiosity and invention lead her to undertake new challenges.

 Membership in artist’s groups have fostered deep friendships.  Sandy is a signature member (AFCA) of the Federation of Canadian Artists and founding member and past president of its Peace River Chapter.  She is a signature member and past president of Flying Colours Artists' Association in the Peace Region.  Her award-winning work is represented in the 2014 publication, ARTISTS OF B.C. – Volume 4 and her work has been featured in numerous editions of Southwest Art Magazine (Art in Canada, Women in Art and International Landscapes and more) from 2015 - 2019.

Sandy's work may currently be viewed at Peace Gallery North in Fort St. John, BC, the Grant Berg Gallery in Grande Prairie, and Kananaskis, AB, and in selected shows at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery,  the Federation Gallery on Grandville Island in Vancouver, BC ,  the Beaverlodge Art & Culural Centre and at the Centre for Created Arts in Grande Prairie. See her work online at sandytroudt.com, prfca.com (Peace River Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists), flying colours. com and the Print Artists North web sites.

 

Education:

            Studied Art - Western State College, Gunnison, CO - B.A.

           U of O - MSci

            Completed year-long painting program  with Laine Dahlen - Northern Lights College, Dawson Creek, BC

        Wide variety of workshops with many notable artists

         

PUBLICATIONS:

        SOUTHWEST ART - 50TH Anniversary Edition, 2021

          S0UTHWEST ART MAGAZINE - February, 2108 Edition  (International Landscapes)

        S0UTHWEST ART MAGAZINE - October, 2107 Edition  (Art in Canada)

        SOUTHWEST ART MAGAZINE - August, 2017 Edition  (Women in Art)

          SOUTHWEST ART MAGAZINE - May, 2017 Edition  

          SOUTHWEST ART MAGAZINE - October, 2016 Edition  (Art in Canada)

          ARTISTS of BRITISH COLUMBIA - Volume 4, 2014           (Cole's Book Stores, CHAPTERS / INDIGO)

       ART of the Peace - Spring 2014, Volume 22

 

WORKSHOP PARTICIPATION:

  • Charles Reid - Watercolor, Portraits/Figures
  • Stephen Quiller - Experimental Water Media
  • Mareth Warren - Watercolor, Portraits/Sketchbooks
  • Ted Nuttall - Watercolor, Portraits
  • Dianne Bersea, AFCA -  Watercolor
  • Grant Fuller - Watercolor
  • Graham Flatt - Watercolor
  • Mike Svob , SFCA- Acrylics
  • David Langevin, SFCA- Acrylics: Transparent Paints, Veils, Tints, Textures
  • Linda Kemp, Negative Painting
  • Plein Air Conference
  • Suzanne Northcott, SFCA - Acrylics, Mixed Media
  • Teressa Bernard, SFCA - Acrylics/Mixed Media
  • Nicoletta Baumeiste, SFCA - Acrylics/Mixed Media / Abstract
  • Heather Pant, Acrylic Painting
  • Susan Woolgar, Abstract Landscapes
  • Sharon Lynn Williams, AFCA - Fluid Acrylics
  • Elizabeth Harris - Acrylics/Painting En Plein Air
  • Michelle Zarb - Mixed Media
  • Victoria Edgarr - Ground Zero Printmaking Society, Printmaking Processes
  • Alain Costaz - Drawing, Printmaking Processes
  • Kathie Guthrie - Caligraphy, Small Book Making, The Mystery and Intrigue of Working on Mylar, Mixed Media
  • Sarah Norquay - Solar Plate Printmaking. Wood Block Printmaking, Inking Techniques, Book Making, 2-Plate Lino-cuts
  • Mary Parslow, AFCA - Intro to Variety of  Printmaking Processes
  • Carrie Klukas - Encaustics
  • Laine Dahlen - Oils
  • Dominik Modlinski, Oils - En Plein Air
  • Darryl Funk, Printmaking/Oil Painting

 

RECENT WORKSHOPS TAUGHT:

        TABLEAU NOIR - The Brilliance of Black (Painting on a Black-toned Canvas)  Dawson Creek, BC - 2014 & FSJ, BC - 2016

       •  INTRO to PAINTING WITH TRANSPARENT AND TRANSLUCENT PAINTS,  Dawson Creek, BC - Oct., 2016, Nov./Dec., 2016

      •  INTRO to PAINTING WITH TRANSPARENT AND TRANSLUCENT PAINTS,  Fort St. John, BC -  2017, 2018

          TABLEAU NOIR - The Brilliance of Black (Painting on a Black-toned Canvas)  FSJ, BC - 2017

 

SHOWS/AWARDS:

2021

    •  She Said, He Said, She Said, Group Show, Peace Gallery North,  FSJ, B.C.

    •  Northern Lives, PRFCA Juried Show - Dawson Creek Art Gallery, D. C., B.C.

    •  Peace Liard Regional Juried Show (Online) - Honourable Mention

2020  

    •  UPLIFT, PRFCA Juried Show, Beaverlodge Art & Cultural Centre, Beaverlodge, AB - Honourable Mention

     •  PEOPLE'S CHOICE  AWARD, FORT ST. JOHN, BC - BEST ARTIST

     •  PEACE REGION ARTISTS' EXHIBITION, BACs, Beaverlodge, AB

      -  20/20 ABSTRACTED: A group show with  Carol Bromley Meers ,Sarah Norquay, Ken Lumbis, Charlie Parslow, Mary Parslow, Sandy Troudt

         Dawson Creek Art  Gallery, August

     -  NORTHERN NUANCES, Sandy's Solo Exhibition + Mary Parslow's Print Exhibition- John Clymer Museum and Gallery, Ellensburg, WA, - Aug. - Sept.  POSTPONED DUE TO COVID UNTIL           AUG./ SEPT.,  2021 

     -  FLEETING MOMENTS, Peace River Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Juried Show, ONLINE - MAY     Moved to  Fort St. John -  June

     -  Peace Liard Regional Juried Show, April - Fort St. John

     -  POINTS OF VIEW,  Flying Colours Artists' Annual Exhibition, Peace Gallery North,  March

2019 

     -  A WORLD OF CONTRASTS, PRFCA Juried Show, Centre for Creative Arts, Grande Prairie, AB -  Honorable Mention

     -  EMERGING, FCA Juried Show, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC

     -  Annual International Mail-In Art Exhibition, Juried Show - Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC

     -  Peace River Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Juried Show., Dawson Creek Art Gallery,  May

     -  Peace Liard Regional Juried Show,  Peace Gallery North, FSJ, April

     -  POINTS OF VIEW, Flying Colours Artists' Annual Exhibition, Peace Gallery North, March

     -  ARTISTS' CHOICE, Flying Colours Exhibition, Peace Gallery North, January

2018

     - SUCCESS Show, Federation of Canadian Artists National Juried Show celebrating new signature

members , 2018 - Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC.  I was juried in as a signature member.

    -  SHE SAID,  HE SAID, SHE SAID, Group Show, Peace Gallery North, Fort St. John-

    - ECHOES and COMPLIMENTS, Solo Exhibition, Beaverlodge Area Cultural Centre, Beaverlodge, AB - August

     - PEACE LIARD REGIONAL JURIED SHOW, Fort Nelson, BC, May 2018, Most Experimental Award 

     - GREENING UP, PRFCA Juried Show, Peace Gallery North, Fort St. John, May 2018   Honourable Mention

      - POINTS OF VIEW - Flying Colours Group Show, Peace Gallery North, Fort St. John, BC - April 2018

2017

    - MOODY HUES, PRFCA Juried Show, Centre for Creative Arts, Grande Prairie, AB - September 2017   Honourable Mention

    - PEACE LIARD REGIONAL JURIED SHOW, Dawson Creek, BC - April 2017 - Honourable Mention

    - POINTS OF VIEW - Flying Colours Group Show, Peace Gallery North, Fort St. John, BC - April 2017

     - MY CANADA, Peace Gallery North, Fort St. John, BC, January 2017 (A Celebration of Canada's 150th Birthday)

     - MY HOME AND NATIVE LAND, PRFCA  Juried Show, Opening Dawson Creek Art Gallery, May 12, then moving to Peace Gallery North, Fort St. John, opening June  9th.   (Celebrating Canada), First Place

     - First Annual MINI PRINT SHOW and EXCHANGE, Print Artists North,  Opening June 9th in conjunction with MY HOME AND NATIVE LAND, Dawson Creek Art Gallery, May 12th  (On display throughout the Peace Region of BC and  AB until August, 2017   (Celebrating Canada)

     - Euphemia McKnaught Festival, Beaverlodge, AB - July 2017

 2016 

     -  UNBOUND, Solo Exhibition, Peace Gallery North, Fort St. John, BC

     -  Bright Ideas, PRFCA Juried Show, Beaverlodge, AB

     - POINTS OF VIEW, Flying Colours Group Show, Fort St. John, BC

      - ARTISTS' CHOICE, PRFCA Juried Show, Dawson Creek, BC -  First Place

     -  THE LONG & THE SHORT OF IT , PRFCA Juried Show, Fort St. John, BC -  First Place

     -  Peace Liard Regional Juried Show, Juror's Choice Award

     - RAVENS, Peace Gallery North, Fort St. John, BC

     -  Summer Show, Peace Gallery North, Fort St. John, BC

    -  Art Auction Preview Exhibit, Peace Gallery North, FSJ, BC

2015

      - POINTS OF VIEW, Flying Colours Group Show, Fort St. John, BC

    - KARTA II (Summer Print Show), Peace Gallery North, FSJ

      - PERMISSION TO DANCE, PRFCA Juried Show, Grande Prairie, AB

      - Art Auction 32, Preview Exhibit

2014

       -   POINTS OF VIEW, Flying Colours Group Show, Dawson Creek, BC 

        -  POINTS OF VIEW, Flying Colours Group Show, Fort St. John, BC

        -  PEACE LIARD REGIONAL JURIED SHOW,  Fort St. John, BC

        -  DIMENSIONS OF REALITY, PRFCA Juried Show, Fort St. John, BC 

        -   VIEWS OF THE PEACE, Fort St. John, BC - Peace Gallery North

        -   TABLEAU NOIR, The Brilliance of Black - Solo Show, Grande Prairie, AB

        -   Auction 31, Preview Exhibit, Fort St. John, BC

        -   LIFE IN THE PEACE, PRFCA Juried Show, Beaverlodge, AB 

        -  Karta (Summer Print Show), Peace Gallery North, FSJ 

2013  

        -  PEACE LANDSCAPES, PRFCA Juried Show, Dawson Creek, BC - First Place

        -  PEACE LIARD REGIONAL JURIED SHOW, Fort Nelson, BC   Juror's Choice Award

        -  PEACE WITHOUT BORDERS, PRFCA Juried Show, Beaverlodge, Alberta  -  3rd Place

        -  NICOLA THOMPSON SHUSWAP FCA  CHAPTER OPEN SHOW, Kamloops, BC - Juried

        -  STILL LIFE, FCA National Juried Show, Vancouver, BC 

        -  FLYING COLOURS GROUP SHOW, Fort St. John, BC

        -  LANDSCAPES, FCA National Show, Vancouver, BC 

        -  WORKS on PAPER FCA National Juried Show, Vancouver, BC 

        -  ABSTRACTS, FCA National Juried Show, Vancouver, BC 

2012

      -  SMALL, SMALLER, SMALLEST  FCA National Juried Show, Vancouver, BC        

         -  PEACE SQUARED, PRFCA Juried  Show, Grande Prairie, Alberta -  Awarded 2nd Place  and People’s Choice      

         -  PEACE CONNECTIONS - PRFCA Juried Show, Fort St. John, BC  - Awarded 2nd Place

         -  SPOTLIGHT - North Peace Cultural Centre, Fort St. John, BC 

         -  PEACE LIARD REGIONAL JURIED SHOW, Dawsn Creek, BC

2011

           -  SMALL, SMALLER, SMALLEST National Juried Show, Vancouver, BC - Juried

           -  INSPIRATION 6, Peace Gallery North, Fort St. John, BC

           -  INSPIRATION 6 Group Exhibition, Fairview Art Centre, Fairview, AB

           -  PEACE LIARD REGIONAL JURIED SHOW, Hudson’s Hope, BC

 2010

           NEW BEGINNINGS – PRFCA Inaugural Juried Show, Dawson Creek, BC - Juried

           -  PEACE LIARD REGIONAL JURIED SHOW , Chetwynd, BC  - Chosen Award and Awarded Honorable Mention

           -  SMALL SHOW, Beaverlodge, Alberta

2009    

           -  TRES AMIGOS, Fort St. John, BC

           -  PEACE LIARD REGIONAL JURIED SHOW, Tumbler Ridge, BC  - Awarded Juror's Choice Award and  Honorable    

              Mention

 

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