Sandra works as a full time Fine Artist in Whangarei, creating realistic paintings in oil. The paintings, often in the form of landscape and wildlife reflect her love of our wilderness. Her native, endemic and common bird paintings are loved by both locals and tourists alike. Commission paintings feature readily in Sandra's career. She enjoys the art of giving and likes to create paintings for conservation groups to raise money and awareness of the beauty and vulnerability of our countries treasures.
An original oil painting by Sandra Whyte of the Kingfisher (Kotare) in a wonderfully natural scene. These idyllic spots are relished on farmland throughout New Zealand. The Kingfisher is often seen on a post or wire with one eye on you and the other on a possible meal, meters below. It's not easy getting close to a Kingfisher to view their unique beauty. If you're lucky, you'll spot one on your back fence from inside your home. Here you can study their regal look with up turned bill and dainty white eye lashes. That's about as close as you'll ever get to a Kingfisher!
Sandra was born 1967 in New Zealand and grew up in a small, northern town by the name of Waipu. Here she spent most of her time riding horses with her Grandfather over the family farm. A love of the outdoors, particularly the bush grew from here. After years of competitive horse riding, she gave it away and replaced that need for fresh air and open spaces with hiking the wilderness. Sandra now resides in Whangarei and works full time as an Artist.
Her love of hiking led to an interest in the birds of New Zealand. She now volunteers with teams working on the security of the future for our endangered wildlife. As a member of the ‘Kokako’ research team for Tiritiri Matangi Island Sanctuary she is constantly inspired by the intriguing nature of New Zealand’s beautiful birds. Here she gains valued reference for future paintings. Sandra is known now for gifting original paintings to raise the profile and money for birds on the brink of extinction.