Ever since I could hold a pencil, I have had a love of drawing and animals. So it was only natural that I combine my two loves.

My passion for art has only grown throughout the years and my love of animals has kept up with it. When my family and I took a vacation to Yellowstone in 2009, my inspiration skyrocketed.  We were able to get very close to a large bull elk—something I’ve never done before but had always wished to experience. I discovered the sublime in a powerful way, a feeling I hope is portrayed in all my art.  From that point on, I have wanted to excel in the field of wildlife art while continuing my passion for equestrian art.  I graduated in the spring of 2011 from Northwestern College in St. Paul with a B.A. in Studio Art and hope to make wildlife/equine art my full time profession.

Shalese Sands

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