I am a Native Minnesotan who has been coming up to the North Shore of Lake Superior since I was a baby. In 1995, I made a dream come true; and purchased a year-around home in Castle Danger on the Big Lake. Lake Superior and its environment has been a long-time inspiration of my work.

I have been a practicing artist for over 40 years and an art educator for over 30 years. Additionally, I am an active arts advocate, involved with several arts boards throughout the Arrowhead region. I have served as the Chair of the Grand Marais Art Colony Board. I am currently the  Secretary of the local Two Harbors art club, Voyageur Artists, and serve on the Northern Lake County Arts Board. I have been a returning Artist-in-Residence in Silver Bay for the past four years and continue to volunteer time in the third grade classroom with the “Masterpiece Art Program.” I have taught community education art classes, classes at the Grand Marais Art Colony and am currently on the Artists’ Roster with the Minnesota State Arts Board for “Artists-in-Residency” programs.

My education encompasses an Associate of Arts Degree from Stephens College in Columbia, MO, a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Masters of Education Degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. My mentors include the late George Morrison, Hazel Belvo, Elizabeth Erickson and Mary Pettis.

Feel free to email me at: authenticartist@sandipillsbury.com or fill out my Contact Form