Sandy Newhouse, Issue 6

Sandy Newhouse

   a painting by Sandy Newhouse 


Sandy Newhouse is a Northwest artist specializing in watercolors and acrylic painting. Her work features acrylic glazing and varied textures, and often intends an emotional view of the Northwest and of her travels in the U.S. and Europe.

Newhouse first became inter­ested in art in fourth grade, and attended the Portland Art Museum’s children’s classes every Saturday during the school year. She continued her art studies through high school, at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, and finished her BA degree at San Diego State.

Although she originally began painting in oils, she moved to watercolors and acrylics after having kids and discovering that young children can find a wet painting no matter where one hides it.

After moving to the Gig Harbor area thirty years ago, she joined a group of watercolor painters who began to paint together on Wednesday mornings. The group began to host art teachers and hold critiques, and, as Newhouse, says, “This has added greatly to my very conservative background.” Four years later, several members of the art group began a studio/gallery where they painted, taught classes and displayed their work. The business is a local mainstay today, with fourteen artists displaying both painting and 3-D art.

Newhouse’s art is in private collections throughout the U.S. and in Europe. She has been juried into many Northwest shows, including the Frye Museum, Pacific Gallery Artists, Northwest Watercolor Society (she is a signature member), Peninsula Art League (Gig Harbor), and the Western Washington Fair, several times winning high prizes.

Her work is now shown exclusively at Gallery Row in Gig Harbor. Additional samples of her art are posted in TLR’s web gallery, and at Contact her directly at