Originally from Idaho, Sandy Kowallis has lived in Central California for most of her adult life. Her art education began at the former Chicago Academy of Fine Art, an accredited commercial art school.
Most of her career in Fresno and Clovis was in advertising, where she worked in account management, writing, and illustrating for many years. In retirement, she lives in the foothills east of Clovis, California, with her husband, Bob Hervatine, and their pets.
Known more widely for watercolor paintings, Sandy has moved recently into oil on canvas. Her newer works feature abstracts inspired by nature, primarily water and rocks. Most of these paintings are completed in the studio. A long-time plein air painter, she goes out regularly with a local group of artists, with the Yosemite Western Artists, and with family or friends into the higher elevations of the mountains, to find inspiration and create spontaneous paintings.
She shows regularly at Timberline Gallery in Oakhurst, California, near Yosemite National Park, Shaver Lake Art Gallery, and the Cayucos, California area.
The home studio is open by appointment only, and Sandy welcomes visitors.