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Artist Bio

All About The Art of Sandy Makokis

I was born in a small Ontario town near Lake Simcoe. My Mom worked to help my Dad

support our family of four, but in her spare time she painted. I have a natural talent that was sparked by my mother's oil paintings, and, before reaching high school, I won first prize in a province-wide competition. During the 1960's, there didn't seem to be a lot of opportunities to be self supporting in the arts and my family could not afford to send me to post secondary. I married young, had children and doodled with my drawing and painting.

I moved to Calgary, Alberta in 1980, then a single mom with three young daughters. Working full time, I went to night classes at ACA (Alberta College of Art, now ACAD). I did not continue for a degree but the classes helped to spark my artistic interest. In 1998 I organized a silent art auction, dinner and dance to raise funds for the Atlin Art School in B.C. where a fire had destroyed a two storey art studio and in 1999 I attended the art school for a month of inspiration and teachings.

I have mastered several media, pencil, pastel, acrylic and, most recently, oils. Now, living in Lac la Biche, Alberta, I live on a small farm with my husband, two Great Pyrenees dogs and three cats. I have a studio where I explore different media. As President of  Lac la Biche Art Club  for the last eleven years, I have been passionate to get recognition for local artists, creating large scale art shows in conjunction with other events happening in the community. I stepped down, this year, January 2023, to focus on my own art. 

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