SANDRA MARKOVICH is an acrylic artist that lives in the Midway area of Virginia. She paints in her cottage on her property and listens to the industrial music of the Range for her inspiration.
For 41 years she lived the Range industrial trials and tribulations working in the mining industry. Retiring as a US Steel control room operator in January 2017, she has now gone back to her first love: making a statement through art.
Bolstered by her Art Colony friends at the Lyric Center tor the Arts, she is continuing her art education. She attended Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a student she was one of only 100 chosen for the freshman class. Art history was also a love and was her minor. She worked for the Milwaukee YWCA and was instrumental in starting a children’s art class in an underprivileged neighborhood.
She “finally” completed her AA at Mesabi Range Community College in 2005, becoming a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She is now working on perfecting her skills by taking workshops and getting feedback from other artists.
The longer she is retired, the more she is learning about the melting together of art and history. As a board member of the Iron Rang Historical Society this has intrigued her, and she has been painting from old photos of the Range past. This summer Sandra participated in The Eveleth Heritage Committee’s 4th of July Art Exhibit. She painted a piece called “The Beer Drinkers.” The photo was taken by the first photographer in Virginia. Done in sepia, it was a challenge. By the time she got done with the painting, Ms. Markovich said she felt as if she knew these men. Looking into people’s eyes tells you so much, she stated.
She is now gathering information on underground mining and is planning on doing a series of paintings on this subject.
When Sandra is not painting, volunteering, being with family and friends, or traveling, she is working on her home and gardening. She is also a dog mom to a four-year-old English Cocker that thinks he can talk. She is currently looking forward to more fun painting and doing some printmaking in the future.