Sandra McCraray

Lake Jackson, Texas

Sandra McCraray earned a BA from Sam Houston State University with a double major in English and Biology, and a secondary teaching cetificate. She retired after forty-one years as a science teacher in public schools. Her years as a Biology/Earth Science teacher enhanced her appreciation of nature and of the creatures inhabitating the earth. During her years as a school teacher and mom there was little time to pursue her interest in the creative arts.

After retirement, at the age of 68, she attempted drawings of a grandchild. The result was a pencil drawing of a lovely baby that looked nothing like her grandchild. She consulted with an art teacher who advised her on drawing techniques and recommended classes. During a four year return to public school in Houston, she began taking classes at The Glassell School of Art. She has taken classes under the instruction of Betty Klassell, Barbara Jeffery Clay, and continues classes with Janet Hassinger as well as workshops with various teachers.

She focuses on paintings of animals, especially chickens. The artist often attempts to capture characteristics that point to human foibles and poke at our pride, attitudes, and egos with humorous intent. She is currently working on two extensive series: Fowl in Southern Churches and Rainbow Bovines.

Her work has been displayed at The Glassell School of Fine Art, The Art League in Galveslton, The Brazosport Art League, and The Watercolor Art Society of Houston. One of her watercolors placed in a juried contest at the Houston Watercolor Society. She also had a painting win honorable mention in a juried contest at The Galveston Art League. She continues to paint, primarily watercolors but some acrylics and a few pastels. Her work can be viewed at Affaire d’Art Gallery in Galveston, Texas.

The artist feels the pursuit to improve her craft and achieve a personal goal of excellence has brought a joy, satisfaction, and purpose for living the so called “golden years” that would be missing without painting.