June 2019 3D Featured Artist Sandy O'Grady
Sandy O’Grady has been a current and permanent resident of Punta Gorda, Florida since 1999 and plans to stay. I have lived in many other states but this is where I call home.
I started experimenting with art when I retired in 2014 and began to explore my passion. In August 2013 my German shepherd was bitten by a rattle snake. I stayed home with her to nurse her through. I needed to keep my hands busy and remembered I had taken a class in pine needle basketry. I had pine trees in the yard and so it began. I made several baskets for friends and family.
In 2014 I talked with an artist at Seagrape Gallery and applied to be a member. I was accepted and in the first 12 months sold 40 baskets. I started with the usual bases of nuts and agates, however, I have started creating my own pottery bases. I also use shells and other local items. I want my baskets to be original materials of SWFL as much as possible. Each of my creations is unique and never duplicated. I am currently displaying in two galleries in SWFL.
I volunteer at Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary and often times use feathers that I find on the ground and even tiger whiskers that are found when we clean the enclosures. Octagon gives materials to me to make my art unique so I give my proceeds back to them. It’s all for the animals.