Elizabeth Sandia, Artist of the Taj


In September of 1995, Elizabeth Sandia gave up her architectural design practice in Key West, FL to relocate to Santa Fe to become a fine artist. Today she is a prolific and a highly publicized pastel and oil painter.

Elizabeth’s award-winning paintings are luminous expressions of her wide range of subjects here and in the West. Masterful use of color harmonies and intimate portrayals of even vast landscapes are her trademarks.

Elizabeth has had nine one-person openings, numerous two person shows, and regularly participates in invitationals, group shows, and fund-raisers like Coors National Western in Denver.

Ms. Sandia has appeared in 34 art publications here and abroad since 2000 and her work has been on the cover of four of them. Three of her paintings were selected to hang in the US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. She was commissioned to paint two large pieces to promote open spaces outside of Denver and they hang in a civic building in Golden, CO. A few years back a painting was selected for a wine label and another is on the cover of a recently published book by Cindy Bellinger.

Elizabeth has lectured, been a judge and a juror for several art shows, occasionally teaches a workshop, gives demos, and tutored online for Academy of Art U., San Francisco.

“When I paint en plein air, I am mainly attracted to bold shapes of sunlight and compositional patterns. I no longer feel constricted by an obligation to follow the exact colors or values I find as I was first taught. I prefer the freedom to interpret and express my feelings in each piece. I communicate my vision through the use of contrast and my personal choice of palette colors.

“My current body of work is done loosely and primarily with transparent, single-pigment oils. As a teenager, I painted in oils and returned to this medium six years ago.”


CM Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT

“Masters in Miniature 2010,” July 30- September 11

“The Russell” Benefit 2011, March 17-19, 2011

San Isabel Land Protection Trust, Westcliffe

September 25, 2010 12 years

State Department’s Art in Embassies Program

US Embassy, Ankara, Turkey

3 paintings selected 3 years, 2006-2009

Coors National Western Sale, Denver, CO

11 years Invitational

PEBC, Denver, Co

3 years Invitational

Colorado Mountain Club, Golden, CO

4 years Invitational

Wine bottle label

Cover and article, “Trail and Timberline”

Le Salon, Denver, CO

1 year Invitational

Arts Council, Colorado Mountain College, Buena Vista

1 year Invitational


Beaux Arts Bash, Scottsdale Artists’ School

Yearly since 1999

Mesa Verde Foundation, CO

3 years

Art for Life, Denver, Co

5 years

Rock Bottom Ranch, Basalt, CO

C.R.R.I Research Institute, Durango, CO


Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Achievement Award for Architecture and Design

Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC

Achievement Award for Illustration/Advertising

H.S. of Art and Design

Achievement Award for Illustration and for Music

Since 1993 have studied with: Matt Smith, Judi Betts, Skip Lawrence, Skip Whitcomb, Handell, Jeanne Dobie, Robert Burridge, and Scott Christensen.

Contact Elizabeth Sandia: 505-603-3624, sandiaelizabeth28@gmail.com


Elizabeth’s works will be on display at the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building, 100 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden, CO, in the Rotunda, from September 19th to October 9th.

 Alderfer/Three Sisters Park, “Allur”, pastel

  Elk Meadow Park, unnamed, pastel

About the author /

Michelle Poolet

PLAN Jeffco Board Member. Michelle Poolet is a relative new-comer to PLAN Jeffco, but not to the world of volunteer work. She has been on the Board of PLAN Jeffco since 2008, and in that time has worked hard to ensure the success of various PJ conferences and events. She is part of the PLAN Jeffco web content subcommittee, and liaisons between the PLAN Jeffco Board and the Open Space Advisory Committee. Her “day job” is as President and Chief Enterprise Architect of Mount Vernon Data Systems, a BBB A+ accredited database consulting company. Michelle lives on Lookout Mountain, in unincorporated JeffCo, with her best pal, TessaRose the collie, with whom she enjoys daily trekking in the forests.

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