Sandra Willard was born in 1970 in East York, Ontario and now lives and
works as a self-taught, full-time artist in Springfield, Illinois. She
immigrated to the United States from Canada in 2004 to marry her
She began selling her art as a young child to schoolmates and continued
to sell her work through galleries after graduating. Her early work was
primarily completed in watercolor. Her subjects were usually flowers
and wildlife. Many of these works were collected by patrons in Western
Canada and were purchased through galleries in British Columbia up until
When she moved to the United States in 2004, with a dramatic change of
environment, she felt the need for a new direction in her art as well.
She started working with ink using a pointillism method and continued to
render her subjects in a realistic style. In addition to still life and
wildlife, portraits were now also included in her choice of subjects.
Then in 2006 she was browsing through an art supply store and saw a
small kit for scratchboard. She gave it a try and fell in love with the
medium. Two years later she put all of her other art supplies away and
devoted her time and energy to working in scratchboard only.
In 2009 she began exhibiting her scratchboard art across the United
States. Since then her work has been accepted into many juried
exhibitions and has won numerous awards. Some of these awards include
Best of WetCanvas 2010 Grand Prize, Best of Category in the 2011
Belleville “Art on the Square” show, Richeson75 Small Works 2011
Honorable Mention and an Award of Excellence at the SCAA 23rd
National Juried Art Exhibition. One of her works has been selected for
publication in the fourth edition of “Strokes of Genius” (North Light
Books) to be released in the fall of 2012.