S a n d r a H e n d y
As an artist, my forte has been in the areas of colour and design. Inner city architecture has attracted my attention and I have developed this to a contemporary style, incorporating other water-based media for extra interest. These paintings have had a high drawing content, which I have endeavoured to produce in a loose style.
Conversely, I have also concentrated on landscapes of the Australian outback with practically no drawing content but which give the opportunity of displaying well the nuances of watercolour.
In concentrating primarily on these two very different subjects, I have been able to explore and develop new ideas within this framework. This has enabled my own signature style of painting to develop and provided innumerable ideas for painting what first may appear ordinary subject matter.
Sandra Hendry lived on Sydney’s North Shore until relocating to the South Coast of New South Wales, where she currently lives. She studied watercolour painting with Donald Begbie and, for the past 25 years, has conducted watercolour classes, workshops and demonstrations for prominent art societies throughout New South Wales, as well as the 2013 Celebrity Cruises’ Asian Tour.
In 1980, Hendy became an exhibiting member of the Ku-ring-gai Art Society and acted as their Selection Convenor for several years. She was elected as a member of the Royal Art Society of New South Wales in 1981and granted Fellowship in 1989.
Among the 50 art prizes she has won are the Ku-ring-gai Art Award (1979,1985); Ryde Municipal Art Award (1981,1983); Drummoyne Art Award (1982, 1983); Cowra Regional Gallery Art Award (1983, 1985); 1984 Tamworth Art Award; 2000 Currabubula Art Award; the Montague Art Award (1998, 1999, 2000, 2008); the 2004 Bega Regional Gallery Art Award; Port Macquarie Art Award (1989,1990,1992) and the Henry Lawson Festival Grenfell Award (2007, 2011, 2012). In 2013, Hendry was the recipient of the Award of Excellence at the 2014 Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial.
A finalist in the $15,000 Basil Sellers Art Award (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012), Hendy was also represented by two paintings in the inaugural Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial in 2010. Her work was featured in Australian Artist magazine’s 1999 ‘Master Painters of Australia’ series.
She exhibited with the Australian Watercolour Institute in conjunction with the Federation of Canadian Artists, the first Bienal Internacional de Acuarela, Museo Nacional de la Acurela in Mexico City and the Taiwan-Australia exhibition in Taichung City, Taiwan and Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney.
She has been a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1990.