We had the good fortune of connecting with Sandra Duran Wilson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sandra, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is in my blood. I say that I survived 2 older brothers. This set-in play at a young age how I approached everything in life. I survived many dares from my brothers and in my desire to keep up I pushed past my fears. I was still afraid, but I did it anyway. This has been my best tool at inventing and reinventing myself over the decades. I have used the knowledge that I survived the last challenge and that I can rise to the next. When you build upon your experiences you keep climbing, and it is amazing the heights you can attain. When you walk away because of fear, it becomes much more difficult to return to the challenge and accept it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art looks like science having fun. I grew up in a family of artists and scientists and mixing the two is natural for me. As a kid, I would look through my father’s microscope and paint what I saw. Later I began gazing through my brother’s telescope and this search through space and time is something I continue to explore in my work. I received my degrees in Cognitive Science and Fine Art, but I am intrigued by quantum physics. I love to read about the unseen world and use my imagination to bring the ideas to life. I have a series of galactic space paintings and sculptures, and there is even a digital image of one of my paintings on a scientific space exploration. My painting, New Dawn, is on the spaceship Osirix-Rex and it is exploring the asteroid Bennu. I have had an interesting journey as an alchemist and a chemist. From studying herbs and healing to chemistry, being a bartender and now mixing it up with art, I am pushing the boundaries of what materials can do. I also have synesthesia which is a mixing of the senses. Music and sounds portray various colors in my mind and numbers evoke sounds. I will often incorporate numbers and formulas in my work and will create to certain music.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in Santa Fe, NM and this is one of the best cities in the world for art, hiking and eating. Exploring the historical center of the city, known as the Plaza, is the best place to begin. Wonderful New Mexican restaurants along with foods from all over the world are found here. A stroll up Canyon Road to visit galleries and a tour of the museums including the O’Keeffe Museum is a wonderful way to spend a day. I love to hike in the surrounding Sangre de Cristo mountains, white water rafting on the Rio Grande or snow skiing in the winter. There are also many ancient archeological sites to visit as well.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate this shout out to my older brothers Don (deceased) and John, who keeps pushing me to try new sports. My husband Mark is my biggest supporter, and he encourages my art explorations. He helped me with all my outdoor art shows and continues to assist and participate in my workshops around the world.