“ I am driven to share the experiences of my life with others in a visual way. I find so much excitement and joy in the environment around me (animals, land, people, sea, skies and things) that I want to record those things through my personal lens for others to enjoy, too. I think of a work of art as being able to savor moments forever and, especially, being able to savor one of those moments when you might turn to the person next to you and say, “Did you see that? Wow! Wasn’t that amazing?”
My business is bliss; my days are spent working out ways to spread joy to others. And I am fortunate because measuring success for my business is not counted in dollars but in smiles.”
While Byers has produced works in a variety of media, her focus is working with oils and pastels. Many of her landscape and seascape paintings include scenes from her local area on Whidbey Island, in Washington State. Byers is well known for her heartfelt and expressive paintings of animals and she is passionately dedicated to supporting animal welfare organizations.
Winning First Place in the animal/wildlife category in Pastel Journal Magazine's Pastel 100 competition is a tribute to Byers’ skill in the medium of pastel. Her work has consistently won awards in this annual competition since she first entered it in 2004. Her winning piece, “Dibs on the Red Chair,” was featured in the April 2012 issue. Another of her pieces, “Kitchen Conversations” was in the Showcase section of the same issue. In 2013, Byers was selected as a juror for the annual, international, Pastel 100 Competition. Her work was recently selected for the cover of JAVMA (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association) and was released in a book by Schiffer Publishing, Flowers in Art, Art Renewal Center announced in May 2014 that Byers’ work won an Honorable Mention in their International Salon competition.
Before building her career as an artist, Byers held multiple management positions, established business and accounting systems and hired, trained and managed personnel. Using her software program development, management and organizational skills, Byers then went on to help produce world-class products for Microsoft. Positioned within the Travel Division of Microsoft, in 1999, Byers became one of the founding members of Expedia.com and continued her role there as a Program Manager.
Her retirement from the software industry in 2002 enabled Byers to pursue a full-time art career and she began honing her pastel skills. Since then, her award-winning art has been published many times in numerous magazines and books, and her latest works have hung next to world-renowned artists and Contemporary Masters such as Robert Bateman, Duffy Sheridan, David Gray and Jeff Legg. Byers continues to gain acceptance and win awards in a multitude of juried shows.
A current list of her shows, exhibitions and published works is available on her website SandyByers.com.