Sandy Haight

Sandy Haight

Bainbridge Island, WA, United States

About Sandy Haight

Sandy has been focused on painting the inner landscape of flowers for the last few years. She calls these works Floralscapes. They evolved during a transition from a career as a commercial illustrator to a discovery of herself as an artist. Teaching watercolor to students at Bellevue College helped redirect her focus as she explored various subjects and techniques of representational watercolor. She realized that immersing into the shapes, designs and patterns inside flowers and plant life was the subject that awakened her love of painting and gave her a chance to create a series of images of stunning beauty. Building layers of intense colors helped brighten the way through the dark and gray of northwest winters. Showing her paintings in the Northwest Watercolor Society’s juried
shows qualied her to become a signature member in 2012. The initials NWWS now follow her signature on the Floralscape paintings.

A little art background… After earning a BFA in drawing and painting at the University of Colorado, establishing a career as an illustrator of educational materials, a self-publishing venture into cook books, and having 2 children, Sandy Haight was introduced to watercolor in a life drawing session. The facilitator advised her on supplies, introduced her to the medium and she was hooked. “I loved the luminosity of the paints so much that I continued
to practice all my assigned subjects as watercolor paintings in my School of Visual Concepts illustration courses. As I got more and more familiar with the strategic planning and execution of a watercolor painting, I was expanding my illustration portfolio beyond the educational market. I love the sensuality of the medium, the glow of the colors and the fact that it can move and flow on its own while wet, intermingling with other colors. Magic happens.”

Use of watercolor in her illustration work became part of her signature style. To be more widely marketable and contemporary her illustration style departed from the realism she had worked hard to master as a student into a more simplied, stylized, bolder look. See her illustration web site at Now as a teacher, she’s rediscovering the joys of building a nuanced painting, rich with built up color and texture as she launches her students into the same process of art making.

After years of “drawing with a brush” in her illustration work , Sandy Haight took on the study of sumi painting with its challenges of simplicity, controlled tones, brush loading and expressing qi energy on traditional subjects in nature. Some can be seen on her new art website, along with her Floralscapes, other watercolors and figure painting.


1971 BFA University of Colorado in drawing, painting and design.
1974-81 Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA. Various fine arts classes, part - time.
1982-83 North Shores Community College, San Diego, CA. Commercial Illustration class.
1883 UCSD Extension, La Jolla, CA. Illustrating Books for Children.
1983-84 Mira Costa College, Del Mar, CA. Life Drawing.
1986-87 School of Visual Concepts, Seattle, WA. 5 illustration and watercolor classes.
1991 Mendocino Art Center, Watercolor workshop. Kristin Otwell. Mendocino, CA.
1999 Seattle Central Community College, computer classes
2001 Watercolor workshop – Barbara Nechis, Acapulco, MX
2007-13 Kirkland Arts Center-sumie painting classes with Lois Yoshida
2010 Watercolor workshop with Charles Reid
2010 Bellevue College - Chinese Sumi painting with Yuming Zhu

1990-1997 University Preparatory Academy. 1 week watercolor workshops annually, grades 6-12
1999 Guest lecturer - Illustration classes Cornish College
2000-07 Guest lecturer Seattle Central Community College illustration classes
2013-2014 Bellevue Community College – 5 week Illustration Communication portfolio class
2008-2017 Bellevue Community College - 8 week Watercolor for Illustration


Award for "CascadeDance" NWWS Open International Exhibition! 2020

Honorable Mention CVG Group Show January 2020

2nd Place Award NWWS Waterworks show Oct. 2019

Poster Artist 2016 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

Poster Artist 2015 Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour


Oct 2020-Jan 1, 2021 Northwest Watercolor Society Open International Exhibition award!

April-July 2020 - NWWS Waterworks Member Show, online HERE.  Juror Birgit O'Connor.

March 28, 2020 - American Women Artists Spring Online Juried Show.  Jurors:  Tonya Turner Carroll (NM), Nadine Robbins (NY), and Ellen Woodbury (CO)

Jan/Feb 2020 - CVG Show.  WA State Juried Art Competition.  Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA.  Group show.  Juror for 2D, Liana Bennett. Honorable Mention award!

Dec. 6-8, 2019 - Bainbridge Island Studio Tour, Bainbridge Island, WA.  Juried art festival.  I'll be at Masonic Hall.

Oct.-Nov. 22, 2019 - NWWS Waterworks Show.  Tsuga Fine Art, Bothell, WA.  2nd Place Award!  Juried group show.

July-Oct, 2019 - NWWS Signature Show, WA State Convention Center, Seattle, WA.  Group show.

June 14-16, 2019 - Edmonds Arts Festival Gallery, Edmonds, WA.  Juried Group Show

May-July 2019 - Transparent Watercolor Society, TWSA, Kenosha, WI.  Juried group show.

March 2019 - Winslow Art Center Gallery.  Bainbridge Island, WA.  Featured Artist.

January 2019 - Bainbridge Performing Arts.  Bainbridge Island, WA.  Featured Artist.

November 2018 - Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes, WA.  Succulents!  New work. Group show.

July 2018 - Island Gallery. Bainbridge Island, WA.  Group show of gallery artists.

June 2018 - Artist Showcase at Northwind Arts Center.  Port Townsend, WA.  Featured Artist!

April 2018 - Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes, WA.  Tulip Festival Poster artists, past and present.

March - Dec 2018 - Artist Showcase at Northwind Arts Center.  Port Townsend, WA.  Juried Co-op gallery. Featured artist in June!

January/February 2018 - CVG Show.  WA State Juried Art Competition.  Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA.  Group show.  Juror, Teresa Saia.

November/December 2017 - NWWS Signature member show. Schack Fine Art Center, Everett, WA. Group show.

October/November 2017 - NWWS Waterworks Exhibition, Tsuga Gallery, Bothell, WA.   Juried group show.

September/October 2017 - Spirit of Yoga Lodge. Seattle, WA.  Yoga studio group show

June 15- Sept 2, 2017 - Schack Art Center, Everett, WA.  Art of the Garden, juried group show.

April 7-May 2, 2017 - Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes, WA.  "Persistence of Pink"  original watercolors.

Nov-Dec 2016 - Madrona Wine Merchants, Seattle, WA. Framed prints and original watercolors.

Oct 2 - Nov 30, 2016 - Seattle Realist Artists group show.  Hillman City Collaboratory, Seattle.

Sept 9 - 25, 2016 - Madison Park Art Walk, Seattle, WA.  Showing at Home Street Bank & Starbucks. Floralscapes.

April 2016 - Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes, WA.  Featured Artist - Floralscapes of Sandy Haight.

August 2015 - Sotheby's, 271 Madison Avenue S, Bainbridge Island, WA.  Watercolors. 

August 2015 - Island Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA.  Group show - Pets on Parade.

July 2015 - Island Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA.  Featured artist -Floralscapes of Sandy Haight.

July 2015 - Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour, poster artist.

Feb 8 - Mar 22, 2015 - Signature American Watermedia Exhibition. Fallbrook Art Center, CA. Juried group show. Juror, Stephen Quiller.

November 20 - Dec 27, 2014 - NWWS Signature member show. Schack Fine Art Center, Everett, WA. Group show.

October 28 - Nov. 21, 2014 - NWWS Waterworks Exhibition. Tsuga Gallery, Bothell, WA.  Juried group show.  Juror, Janet Rogers.

October 2014 - Northwest by Northwest Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR. Select paintings.

August 19, 2014 - Piatti's Restaurant. University Village, Seattle.  Sponsored by The Art Study.  One person show.

July 17 – Nov. 8, 2014 - Ida Culver House Broadview.  12505 Greenwood Blvd. N, Seattle, WA.  flo·ra·bun·da. Group show.

July 11-October 10, 2014 - Gallery Condos. 2911 2nd Ave. Seattle, WA.  Select sumi paintings.

July 2014 - Interiors of Edmonds.  326 Main St.  Edmonds, WA.  Invitational exhibit of watercolors.

June 13-16, 2014  Edmonds Art Festival.  700 Main St, Edmonds, WA. Juried group show. Juror, Dianna Shyne.