Contributor Bios

Sarah Sands
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
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.

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    • I tried this paint for the first time the other day. I use mostly Old Holland, but was intrigued by the Perylene Crimson and bought some from a seller on ebay. It was truly amazing in color and transparency I am hooked! If anyone has any comments on comparison between the brands, I would be interested to here about it. Or any other brands like Michael Harding, etc. Is there some reason why you adore this paint brand over others.
      btw, I am in love with Perylene Crimson. Killer Red.

    • Hi Gene – I think I responded to a similar comment elsewhere. They should be in stock by now. And sorry for the delay in responding. A lot of good comments got buried amidst a lot of spam.

  1. Hello Sarah and staff,
    I was fortunate to be invited to attend the distributors training at the end of April 2012. I wanted to thank you for your presentation, it has made a huge difference to my conversations regarding Williamsburg and provided me with a stronger understanding of paint making, historically and present time. I feel blessed to be a rep and Golden art educator, thanks for the opportunity to share your products and product knowledge
    Cheers
    Nancy

    • Hi Nancy! Sorry for the delay in responding. We got hit with a lot of spam which hid the real responses until we sorted through them. But all fixed now.

      And thank YOU for such warm comments and for your enthusiasm with everything. We are so very fortunate to have people like you working to get the product out in the world. We couldn’t do it without all of you folks.

  2. Sarah,
    Thanks so much for your support and knowledge today! You can’t imagine the sigh of relief I took after having spoken with you to resolve a situation.
    If I lived closer I’d bake you a cake!
    Warm Regards,
    Maura

    • Hi Maura – Thank you SO much for the warm words and the wonderful enthusiasm you bring to everything. Helping when and where we can is always a pleasure, so never hesitate to call or reach out to us if you every have a question or a quandary.

      Stay in touch!

      Sarah

  3. p.s. Your presentation at my school NH Institute of Art in Manchester, NH was absolutely inspiring for this artist. I’m also in love with the hand made paints.
    Cheers,
    Maura

  4. Hi
    Just a question regarding using molding paste from the golden range as a ground for oil paints..any problems with that? Also any other suggestions in regards to a ground to put over gessoed canvas to provide a smooth/lightly textured absorbent ground for oil paint, I just want to overcome the canvas texture and create a few anomalies to overcome a tendency of mine to over paint detail.
    Thank you for your wonderful products

    • Hi Michaye –

      Sorry for the long delay in responding . Am just now sorting out the good comments from a lot of spam we received.

      So let me try to answer your questions as best I can here. You can also get very in depth replies for technical questions by simply emailing or calling our Tech Support Department: techsupport@williamsburgoils.com / 800-293-9399. We typically respond in the same day.

      Okay – on to the questions!

      – Just a question regarding using molding paste from the golden range as a ground for oil paints. Any problems with that?

      No, we are confident that oils will adhere to the acrylic molding paste, but you would still need to apply an oil blocking size to any raw canvas first. GAC 100 from Golden is the one we would recommend. Other things include keeping the application as thin as possible and certainly making sure it is fully dry. For more information on these issues, we strongly advise you to read the following Tech Sheet and Article:

      Using Oils with Acrylics
      http://www.goldenpaints.com/justpaint/jp24article2.php

      Oil Over Acrylic Guidelines
      http://www.goldenpaints.com/technicaldata/oil_over_acrylic.php

      – Also any other suggestions in regards to a ground to put over gessoed canvas to provide a smooth/lightly textured absorbent ground for oil paint, I just want to overcome the canvas texture and create a few anomalies to overcome a tendency of mine to over paint detail.

      Really the Molding Paste might be the best for this. If you need more absorbency after using the paste, simply apply a layer or two of acrylic Gesso. And for a great video showing how to get rid of canvas texture with Molding Paste, see the following video we posted on YouTube:

      Creating a Smooth Surface Using Molding Paste
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NP3br4sx7Uo&feature=plcp

      We hope that helps and if you have any questions, simply let us know!

  5. The most “luscious” wonderful paints ever! I am so thrilled that I can purchase here in Tasmania. That little island off Australia. In fact I live on a island off Tasmania! Bruny Island. Keep up the great work. A fascinating read always on your site.

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