Sandra Yuen MacKay
Throughout my artistic journey, I've battled with a long history of health and well-being issues reflected in angst-ridden art. However, I've reached a point in my life of harmony and renewal, an overcoming of suffering through creating art.
These florals I paint express joy, love, excitement, harmony, sadness, and introspection. They can communicate the necessity of preserving the environment, its beauty, healing power, and the ecosystem – sustainability. They are also a response to living in a time of conflict and uncertainty, with themes of a personal healing, transcendence and transformation.
In her floral series, Sandra is influenced by Georgia O'Keeffe, Claude Monet and many others. She states, "Painting is a way of life, opening my mind to possibilities and sharing my personal vision of optimism and hope."
Sandra Yuen MacKay focuses on acrylic painting. She is interested in colour and composition, communicating mood and themes around alienation, transformation and transcendence. She desires to share her vision, optimism and uniqueness as an artist to inspire and infuse others with joy and hope. To celebrate the human spirit.
She is also the author of My Schizophrenic Life: The Road to Recovery from Mental Illness and Chop Shtick, and co-author of From New York to Vancouver: Stories on the Fly. She earned a Fine Arts Diploma from Langara College and an art history degree from the University of British Columbia. She has received the Courage to Come Back Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for overcoming severe adversity and giving back to the community. Also she is a public speaker on mental health. She is an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Her art is in public and private collections in North America.