Rosie Sandifer

Rosie Sandifer received her formal training in commerical art at Southwestern State University in Weatherford, OK and ARt Education at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

Born in Columbia, SC two year old Rosie and her faimily moved to Lubbock, TX where the artist was reared. Trained in portrait and figure painting, she began her career as a portrait artist in the 70's evolving to the third dimension of sculpture in the 80's. Later professional training came from Frank Mason and Ray Froman.

Moving to the Loveland-Ft. Collins area of Colorado, an artists colony in the 90's, sh both painted and sculpted.

The early 21st century finds the artist an avid plein air painter, enlarging her small sketches into large landscapes of the western states. Now settled in Santa Fe, NM, with her husband Bob, Rosie is nestled into the southern edge of the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by pinon pines, blue sky, streams, lakes and the colorful cliffs of O'Keeffe country.

She has traveled to paint on location and to visit the world's important museums in London, France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Russia. The Tretyakov, the Sorolla, the Tate, the Musee de l'Orangerie and Brookgreen Gardens are among her favorites.

When asked what made her begin sculpting Rosie responed:

"The turning point from painting to sculpture for me was running into Dega's Fourteen Year Old Ballerina sculptrue at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC. I was on the way to Spain to paint plein air with a friend for a show. Upon returning I not only painted Spainsh scenes, but picked up sculpture tools and began sculpting."

She created many small gallery pieces and large commissioned sculptures, now installed all over the nation. Her Applause, which could have been titled,Ode to Degas, was awared the Cavanaugh Memorial Prize from the National Sculpture Society. The sold out life-size bronze sculpture is composed in a spiral design leading the eye of the viewer around the ballerina's young body.

The early sources of inspiration for the artist were riding horses and visiting the museums of every city to which she traveled. The most profound experience was wandering the lawns and galleries of Brookgren Gardens in SC when Rosie was 12 years old. Ann Hyatt Huntington's pewter Fighting Stallions grace the entrance of this historic landmark, museum and accredited zoo.

She concludes that spending time in nature in her youth in the mountains outside of Santa Fe, NM and Colorado, camping and riding horses has led her to living in both states. My children were also her inspiration to sculpt.Walking the Kids, another sold out edition, was awarded the Medal of Honor for Sculpture from the American Artist Professional League. Life-sizeFreedom of Youth is now in the permanent collection of Brookgreen Gardens and Texas Tech University.

Rosie participates in annual jurried and invitational exhibitions including Autry Plein Air Event, California ARt Club, Sculptures Who Paint Museum of the Southwest, the Wild West in Historic and Contemporary Art - Brookgreen Gardens, and Great American Artists - Cincinnati Museum, and Masters of american Sculpture  - Fleisher Museum.

She has had Solo Shows at Worrell Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, Long Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ, and at the Pen & Brush in NYC.

She is a Fellow member of American Artists Professional League and National Sculpture Society. Her oil paintings are featured in the book Artists of the National Parks. She is also featured in the paintings Language of Art - Oil Paintings and Sculpture and Outdoor Sculpture in Texas and several more.

Rosie has also received awards for her painting and sculpture from the Allied Artists, Pen & Brush Club, Texas Fine Art Association, Western Wyoming Plein Air, Paint the Parks Association, and the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Society.

Rosie Sandifer Artwork


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"The Gift"

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"Catch Me"

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"Brook Green"

70" x 46"

"Water Images"

27" x 30"


  • 2010            California Art Club                                      Pasadena,CA
  • 2008            Oil Painters of America                             Crystal Lake,IL
  • 1994            Allied Artists of America                            New York City
  • 1990            National Sculpture Society, Fellow            New York City  

Selected Publications:

  • 2013           Artists of the National Parks - Fresco Fine Art Publications
  • 2012           Western Art Collector - 58-June - International Artist Trust
  • 2010           Texas Traditions - Fresco Fine Art Publications
  • 2007           Rosie Sandifer, The Language of Art - Fresco Fine Art Publications
  • 2002           Who's Who in America - 56th Ed. - Marquis Who's Who
  • 2000            Who's Who in the World - 17th Ed.  Dawn Melley - Marquis Who's Who


  • 2013           Juror's Awards - Paint the Parks - KS
  • 2012           Juror's Awards - Paint the Parks - KS
  • 2010           Plein Air Award - Western WY
  • 1992           John Cavanaugh Memorial Prize - National Sculpture Socity - NYC
  • 1992           Solo Award - Pen & Brush - NYC  
  • 1992            Helen G. Oehler Memorial Award - American Artists Professional League - NYC
  • 1991           A.A.P.L Medal of Honor for Sculpture - American Artists Pro. Leagure - NYC
  • 1991            Philip Isenberg Award - Pen & Brush - NYC
  • 1990           Anna Hyatt Huntington Award  American Pro. League - NYC
  • 1990            Roman Bronze Award - Pen & Brush - NYC
  • 1990             Vincent Glinsky Memorial Award - Audobon Artists - NYC
  • 1986             Best of Show Oil - Texas Fine Arts - Austin, TX

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2013              Worrell Gallery - Santa Fe, NM
  • 2012              Worrell Gallery - Santa Fe, NM
  • 2012              Underwood Center for the Arts Lubbock, TX
  • 2000              Ventana Fine Art - Santa Fe, NM
  • 2002              Ventana Fine Art - Santa Fe, NM
  • 1996              Long Gallery - Scottsdale, AZ
  • 1994              Long Gallery - Scottsdale, AZ 
  • 1993              Pen & Brush - NYC
  • 1992              Walton Fine Art Center - Clarskville, AR
  • 1987              Panhandle Museum - Canyon, TX

Selected Juried and Group Exhibitions

  • Sculptors Who Paint - Museum of the Southwest - Three Person - 2013
  • Centennial Landscapes of NM, Golden Glow of Fall - Worrell Gallery - Solo 2012, 2013
  • Scottsdale Salon - Legacy Gallery AZ - Jurried - 2011
  • Signs of the Season in Art and History - Brookgreen - Murrels Inlet, SC - Invitational 2010-12
  • Oil Painters of America - Jackson Hole, WY - Juried - 2010 
  • Paintings&Drawings of Sculptors Exhibit - Brookgreen, SC, Invitational 2009
  • The Wild West in Historic & Contemporary Art - Brookgreen, SC, Invitational  2009-12
  • National Sculpture Society- Fellows Exhibtion - NYC - 2006
  • The UVSC Woodbury Gallery, Orem, UT, Juried - 2005
  • Krasl Art Center - St. Joseph, MI - Juried 2005
  • Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History - Danville, VA - Juried 2004
  • Bergstrom-Mahler Museum - Neenah, WI - Juried 2004
  • Huntsville Museum of Art - Huntsville, AL - Juried 2004
  • Museum of Texas Tech University - Lubbock, TX Juried 2004
  • J. Wayne Stark Gallery - College Station, TX, Juried 2003
  • Butler Institute - Youngstown, OH - Jurried 2001
  • Fleisher Museum - Scottsdale, AZ - Group - Juried 1999-2000
  • Cincinnati Museum Center, OH, - Group - Invitational - 1996
  • National Museum of Wildlife Art - Jackson, WY - Group - Invitational - 1996
  • Tucson Museum of Art - Tucson, AZ - Group - Juried 1994
  • Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum - Waausau, WI - Group - Juried 1993
  • National Sculpture Society - NYC - Group - Juried 1982, 1992,1994,1997,1998
  • American Artists Professional  League - NYC - Group - Juried - 1997-98, 1990-92, 1994
  • Diamond M Museum - TX - Three Person - Invitational - 1980
  • Texas Fine Arts - TX - Group - Juried - 1975-80


  • University of Illinois - Chamgaign-Urbana, IL - 1996 - Gross Anatomy
  • Front Range Community College - Fort Collins, CO, 1992