I first meet Sandra Temple at a body-painting competition at Southport in 2010, this was her first attempt at Body Painting and she had so much fun that she has been body painting ever since. Our friendship has continued on Facebook , since she lives Southside I live Northside. I enjoy watching her produce her Art works, talk about her classes and various exhibitions then once in a while we meet, where I am photographing and Sandra is usually body painting.
Sandra is a self taught artist and has been a professional artist and illustrator for nearly 3 decades. During this time she has had a cartoon strip running for 8 years, designed numerous corporate logos, worked with the RSPCA, the Qld Police Force and quite a few City Councils as a cartoonist and illustrator. She has taught realistic drawing at numerous primary schools with a focus on conservational education, designed and made theatre costumes and sets as well as taught stage make-up, she has designed and made unique jewellery, illustrated children’s books as well as written and illustrated her own books.
In 1998 she started to organise art exhibitions for art groups and the Inaugural International Wildlife Exhibition in 1999, which took 2 years to organise. This was a major challenge with 20 overseas artists exhibiting beside Australian ones. After previously holding the positions of President, Treasurer, Secretary and Editor, Sandra is again holding the position of President of the Qld Wildlife Artists Society Inc.
Although in previous years Sandra has exhibited a few times a year at the bigger shows, she finds it harder these days as her originals sell quickly and she is unable to keep up with demand. Her limited edition geclee reproductions sell well and are available from her website.
Concentrating her energy now on painting the worlds endangered species Sandra works in all mediums and is especially keen on mixed medium paintings. She is an art judge, an art teacher working with adults and children, a popular workshop tutor and is a product demonstrator for Faber-Castell.
Sandra has become an avid body-painter and her love for Australian wildlife often comes out in her body art, however she also has a love for all things Steampunk and recent body art work has incorporated this genre. I have a feeling Sandra’s previous involvement in theatre costuming days is coming out here. Whatever artwork Sandra creates I stand in awe of her creativity if it is body painting or her knack at capturing nature in the wild.
The thing that amazes me the most with Sandra is she also suffers with Fybromyalgia, yet rarely does she complain nor does she let it stop her from creating her art, Tutoring her students or doing her stint at the art gallery in Cleveland.
Sandra is an active member of many wildlife and conservation groups locally, nationally and internationally. Each year she chooses two local and one international wildlife conservation group to donate original artworks and limited edition giclee reproductions for fundraising. A percentage of many or her originals are also donated to ‘good causes’.
So I am looking forward to catching up with Sandra at Zuri on April 24th when she will be Body Painting Chrissie. (tickets still available) Later in the year we will both be attending A Celebration of the Female Form Exhibition 28 June 2014.
Here is a small sample of her Body Painting Art from the Australian Body Art Carnivale in Eumundi last May. (Models Leanne Donovan and Tammy Schwerin)
Model Leanne Donovan with Sandra Temple Artist
Sandra in Action
The finished work
Sandra’s Model Tammy made into a tree
The Finished Product