Born in California, raised in Texas, Sandy Long was privileged to glean from the knowledge of various porcelain artists in the great state of Texas. Sandy began her painting journey at the age of twenty, when a cousin offered to share her paint pallet for a lesson from an Abilene instructor, Lorene Compton.
Prior to the six months of taking china painting lesson, Sandy had minimal art instruction from secondary school and college classes. As with most young beginning students, either marriage, birth of children, or start of careers interrupted continuous art lessons. With Sandy it was both marriage and beginning of a family. Marrying her husband two days after his graduation from A.C.C. and giving birth twenty months later to a precious baby daughter, Sandy did not resume art classes for ten years.
Ten years later, same husband with two wonderful little girls now age eight and six, it was time to resume her quest for an interest in art. A close friend at church encouraged Sandy to join her in enrolling in a china painting class at the Baytown Community Center. The instructor was Lessie Broom, a silver haired stately lady with a generous attitude of wanting to share all her china painting knowledge. Lessie taught from the acquired style of Bettie Robertson, a Houston instructor and artist.
Lessie Broom’s painting instruction was teaching basic strokes beginning with forget-me-nots, violets, and roses. Lessie along with local artists, Ester Hoffpauer continued Sandy’s lessons by teaching the effect of light and soft pastels. Both Lessie and Ester were of the “old school” of china painting while today many teach a newer way of bright and bold colors. Sandy combined the instruction of Lessie and Ester to formulate her own style. Next came lessons from Lois Garret, Betty Biddy McElvain, and well know artist teaching in local seminars.
The Victorian Era and Old Master paintings were an inspiration for many of Sandy’s art pieces. She enjoys the painting of Victorian portraits on boxes and jewelry. Sandy is best known for her work of “gentleman rabbits” and detailed cat faces.
In time, the student will become the teacher and feel the need to inspire others in this fine art. After some fifteen years of being a student, Sandy began teaching others, sharing the knowledge given to her by former instructors. The past thirty years has seen many students start the exciting journey of porcelain painting.
Sandy is a member of the Bay Area Porcelain Guild, IPAT, and WOCP. She has been active in the local club, holding various offices for forty-four years.