As Rosie Sandifer soon discovered, she had to touch every aspect of the art world: drawing, painting, and sculpting. Sandifer’s style refers to a number of historic movements including impressionism, post–impressionism, and expressionism. Her painted compositions are conceived with an instinctual sense for pictorial balance. Her brushwork is emphatically active, a characteristic which matches her relentlessly adventurous personality. Sandifer grew up in Texas. She studied commercial art and art education; trained with Froman Painting School in New Mexico, the Art Students League’s Frank Mason landscape class in Vermont, and with Richard Schmid.
Though she has established a reputation with her monumental sculptures, she first emerged in Texas over three decades ago as a painter. She is a fellow of the American Artists Professional League, National Sculpture Society, and Allied Artists of America. She has exhibited with Great American Artists at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Oil Painters of America, and Sculptors Who Paint at the Museum of the Southwest. Sandifer has won numerous awards including Best of Show (Oil) at Texas Fine Arts Association, received the Cavanaugh Memorial Prize at the National Sculpture Society, and Gold Medal for Sculpture at American Artists Professional League.
Her work is in the permanent collections of museums nationwide: Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin, Ranching Heritage Museum, Lubbock, Texas, Virginia Museum of Animal Art, Charlottesville, Virginia, Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas and Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.
Her work has been featured in Southwest Art, Western Art Collector and in books: Language of Art, Texas Traditions, Art of National Parks.
Sandifer’s work has been exhibited at Great American Artists Show, Cincinnati, Ohio, National Wildlife Museum, Jackson, Wyoming, Governor’s Invitational Show, Loveland, Colorado, Northwest Rendezvous, Wyoming, and Sculptors Who Paint at The Museum of the Southwest, Texas.