Today we’d like to introduce you to Sandy Ceas.
Hi Sandy, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am finally a successful fine artist and founder/president of an art collective. After decades-long success in a fashion design career, I exited that industry and went back to school to further my art degree including fine arts. With a few degrees in hand, I returned to freelance teaching in Higher Education in the arts and started my art practice.
At first, I focused on social practice art, including performance, installation, and public intervention for social causes. I spent many years in this segment of the arts which offered lots of international cultural immersions that fueled my art concepts.
When Covid halted safe international travel, I hibernated in my studio creating smaller and more intimate works of art and focused on teaching online and growing the art collective. The collective is absorbing much of my time today as we are growing nationally as a well know non-profit for the arts. Check us out at www.christoscollective.org.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has been a long road. I learned a lot about myself, what was important to me, and how to maneuver a successful career or vocation. The struggles along the way often felt inhibiting but increased my ability to be flexible, insightful, determined, and persistent.
Once on the other side of the obstacles, things made sense and I became more and more knowledgeable on how to master my skills, craft, and ambition. Finances and time were the biggest roadblocks, but eventually, both fell into place to sustain a comfortable engagement with my art.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I have found my voice in art, and I believe art can evoke deep emotional empathy shared throughout humanity. My art portrays this essence both in abstract and representational form, with materials and processes playing a major role in messaging. Myself and my art are known for social justice and spirituality.
I am very pleased with my progress as an artist and the reach I have accomplished with the art collective I have established. I believe what sets me apart is that I fully engage both the right side of my brain and the left as I partner my creativity with my business sense.
Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
Empathy, resilience, and faith. I believe in myself and my purpose to speak through my art.
- Website: www.sandrajeanceas.com
- Instagram: @sjceas
- Facebook: @sandra jean ceas