Hello and welcome to my page, I am a Visual Artist, Literary Artist
Sandra Yuen is a Canadian-born Chinese visual artist and author. She earned a Fine Arts Diploma from Langara College and a BA in art history from the University of British Columbia. She received the Courage to Come Back Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. She is also a public speaker on mental health. Under the pen name, Sandra Yuen MacKay, she wrote My Schizophrenic Life: The Road to Recovery from Mental Illness, Chop Shtick and From New York to Vancouver: Stories on the Fly with author James D Young. She's exhibited through the Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival, The Art Studios, Coast Resource Centre, The Gathering Place, The Kettle Society, Gallery Gachet, cafes, community centres, galleries, and other spaces. Sandra teaches art privately and at The Art Studios in Vancouver. She paints commissions of people's homes on small cradlepanels and larger canvases. Please contact her if you'd like a memento of your home or cottage.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Samples of my work
I consider myself an outsider artist because of my battle with mental illness, symptoms of paranoia and anxiety, stigma and past isolation. I've had numerous setbacks and conflicts but have learned to be more resilient and persevere with the help of family and friends. For me, art began as therapy to relieve depression and worry. I thrive on the art-making process, which provides escape from daily conflicts. Through my paintings of houses and city scenes, I express isolation and references to the disappearing city, the erosion of society, and the evolving landscape of Vancouver. I mostly paint in acrylics on canvas or panel, often recycling older paintings and reworking the surface. Influenced by other artists and my surroundings, I'm continually exploring new approaches and content. I took art classes years ago, but I am largely self-taught. I have an ongoing commitment to making art because it's part of my life. I will never stop being an artist. If I don’t paint for a week, I miss it. I am always thinking about the next painting, the next show.