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Artist of the Week: Sandi McGuire

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? Do you work with other mediums?
Sandi McGuire: I have always loved painting and drawing even as a child. But it wasn't until later in life, probably because I had more time, that I actually became serious. Watercolor is my main medium. I've experimented with others and always come back.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
My inspiration has to come from the beauty of nature. Being a "Master Gardener," I love plants and flowers, and I'm always trying to capture their images. I also paint animals, cats, dogs, and birds. There are a number of choices at the "no kill local shelter" that I volunteer at. This is one of the most rewarding things that I have done. I usually donate some artwork for their yearly auction fundraiser.

Tell us about where your inspiration for your art come from?
As you can see from my website, flowers and nature are my favorite subjects.

Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
I painted a picture for my daughters first baby. They were stuffed animals and those animals were to become his favorite as he grew older. Whenever I see that picture, it brings back memories of that happy time.

If we want to see more of your work where should we go to find?
If you would like to see more of my Artwork, I'm showing at Parklane Gallery in Kirkland. I also have some pieces in the Calabria restaurant located in Bothell.

What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
What's next for me is hard to say. I'm along for the ride. Being in the Gallery has opened up a lot of doors for me. So I'm exploring the options that are available. You never know where I'll turn up. I've decided to stray from the usual pictures I've been doing and paint some scenes. Beach scenes, sailboats, etc. It has been a challenge but very rewarding. Sometimes it is fun to push yourself.

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
It's hard to say what affects my art. It can vary. I've been at Parklane Gallery for a year now, and being around 40 different artists with different styles and mediums has been a real growing experience. I'd say that is affecting my art right now. In what way? There is a lot more to the art world than just painting a picture. There's the marketing side, how to present your work I.e.; matting and framing, and how to deal with the public.

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? We ask everyone!
I like a Vanilla Latte.