Sarah Sands received a BA in Studio Art from UC Santa Cruz in 1985, and her MFA in Painting from Yale School of Art in 1992, where she also worked as a studio assistant for the Yale University Art Gallery’s Department of Conservation. After graduation she taught at the NY Academy of Art and was an Assistant Professor of Painting at Indiana University, Bloomington, from 1993-1996. She left academia to become the Business Manager for Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors in 1996, where she also provided the main technical and product support for customers. In 2002 she joined Golden Artist Colors and currently is the Technical Services Supervisor for both GOLDEN Acrylics and Williamsburg Handmade Oils. When not busy painting in her studio, Sarah indulges in her passions for film, long walks through the woods, and her two dogs.
Amy McKinnon has been painting for twenty-four years. She graduated with a BFA in painting and ceramics from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. While at Moore, Amy assisted several local artists and worked for The Clay Studio. Upon graduation Amy was offered a position at the Pennsylvania Art Conservatory restoring and conserving paintings and antique frames. She then moved to New Orleans and supported herself through her paintings. She had many solo and group exhibitions, painted murals and had her work featured in restaurants. Ms. McKinnon attended Tulane University, earned her MFA in painting and was offered an adjunct position at Tulane University. During the evacuation for Hurricane Katrina, Amy acted as visiting faculty at Columbia University in New York City. Upon returning to New Orleans, Amy continued to paint, exhibit and received a Joan Mitchell grant as well as a Pollock Krasner grant. In 2008 Amy applied for a Technical Support Services position with Golden Artist Colors in New Berlin, New York, was offered the position and accepted. Amy continues to work in Technical Support, paint, exhibit her work and explore new materials and ideas.