Sandy Swallow

Artist of the Black Hills member Sandy Swallow

Through the years I have come to realize that art will bridge many barriers. People of different cultures come together with art. When I’m creating art I can not rest until it is finished. The process takes me away from troubles and worries. I believe each person has a God given ability or talent in their own right. It is up to us to work hard as well as to help others achieve their best works. Using my art to bridge barriers and helping others is a large part of my mission in life.

Internationally-renowned Sandy Swallow-Morgan’s artistic passion began in mid-life, as she experimented with oils and watercolors while living on a ranch in South Dakota. Virtually self-taught, Sandy longed to create art capturing her spiritual connection to nature, home, and family. Sandy discovered the painstaking medium of hand-pulled block printmaking, providing her with the ability to create dramatic pieces saturated with deep earth and pastel colors which evoke traditional Native American symbols and images from the natural world. An enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux tribe, Sandy’s fascinating life history enriches her artistic vision. Sandy has always felt an intense spiritual connection to the Black Hills.  Both her great-grandfathers were present at the historic signing of the 1868 Treaty at Fort Laramie. Sandy is pleased to have displayed her art in many prestigious places such as the Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, the Newberry Library, Chicago, IL, and a traveling exhibit “Through Indian Eyes” for the Legacy of Lewis and Clark. Buyers from as far away as Sweden, England, and Germany are anxious to take her art work home. 

Her success as a Native American Artist continues to grow as in 2008, First Lady Laura Bush sent an invitation for Sandy to attend a White House Reception for her painting of Devils Tower) for the White House. 


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